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Once the war is over, what then? « Previous | |Next »
February 7, 2003

Whilst I was having breakfast and doing the washing this morning I heard on Radio National that people (experts?) are saying that the Iraq war will be over in 10 days or 100 days. I didn't really hook into the media bite and grab it because most of the media flow was about the responses to Colin Powell's speech at the UN. For those interested in Robert Fisk's response it can be found here.

The media bite stayed with me. Once the war is over what then? What is going to happen to the rebuilding of Iraq after regime change? Is Iraq the same as East Timor for us in Australia---involving a long process of rebuilding?

Remember, the war is not just about geopolitics and oil. It is also about making the world safe for democracy and freedom.

What does the process of democratisation and free market capitalism mean in Iraq and the Middle East? We don't hear much about this in Australia. Well, I reckon that democratisation and free market is an explosive mixture in the Middle East.

Someone giving this a bit of thought is d-square digest. Its a bit tongue in cheek but it is also deadly serious.

Maybe Afghanistan is the model of what could happen? Was not the Afghan war the the "successful" role model for America's forthcoming imperial adventure across the Middle East? Here is R. Fisk:

".... the near-collapse of peace in this savage land and the steady erosion of US forces in Afghanistan the nightly attacks on American and other international troops, the anarchy in the cities outside Kabul, the warlordism and drug trafficking and steadily increasing toll of murders are unmentionables, a narrative constantly erased from the consciousness of Americans..."

You don't like Fisk and so won't read him?

Well we have to start thinking about after the war sometime. This history of civil society in Iraq can help; as can this voice on a journey to a liberated Iraq or this account of inside looking out and Waiting.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:18 AM | | Comments (0)