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June 30, 2003

Oz Ambassador takes tea in Iraq

Just a light snippet. Its good to know that our dear Ambassador is having a quiet moment from all the stresses and strain of liberating Iraq.

Seems like the Ambassador is beginning to feel relaxed and comfortable living in the American occupation.

Pity about the colonial bit. But then the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) strategy calls for a lasting presence and influence over places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, and the like. But the scene on the ground casts doubts on whether such a plan will be acceptable to the other nations in the Middle East. Will they accept a long-term US presence in the Middle East?

But the big gun episode does illustrate the clash of civilizations, the way the West sees Islam as a threat and the historic anxiety about Islam.

Does the Australian Ambassador consider the threat to the West coming from Iran now? Remember he once believed that Saddam Hussein was intent on bringing the civilized world to its knees, dominating the Gulf and destroying Israel?

Or is our Ambassador free from the traditional religious-based hostility to Islamic society?

The gunman clearly has an enemy image. But who is the enemy? Criminals? Burglars? Looters? Remnants of Saddam Hussein's government, foreign terrorists and Iranian-backed Shiites? All doing their own individual thing?

Or is the Ambassador aware of the guerilla-style resistance to the occupation? Or that the Americans have an insurgency on their hands run by Iraqi nationalists? Or that an Iraqi intifada is forming?

No doubt our Ambassador would be fully conversant with the history of Britain in Iraq.

Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at June 30, 2003 06:24 PM

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