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April 13, 2003

There is a great line in Geoffrey Barker's article in the Australian Financial Review called 'Howard: short-term glory precedes the long term story' (subscription required). It reads:

"One of Howard's achievements was to gain maximium political traction from minimal military presence."

He has succeed in that. His domestic political support has strengthened. And the long term story? Howard is commited to securing the peace in Iraq and the US occupation authority moves aside and hands the administration for Iraq to an Iraqi government that is acceptable to the US and is legitimate for Iraqi citizens.

A big one. The flowers, dancing and kisses could easily turn into the American military governors fighting an Iraqi insurrection and desperately trying to prevent a unitary Iraq from fracturing into three separate regions: a Kurdish north, a Sunni Muslem middle and a Shi'ite south.

On another note. Did I hear the political gossip right? That the popular Sydney tabloid, the Daily Telegraph is John Howard's favourite newspaper? I see its where that Michael Duffy fellow writes.

Note the massive neo-con rewriting of history taking place---the reasons for the pre-emptive war on Iraq now have nothing to do weapons of mass destruction, international terrorism, or 9/11. Its all about the brutality of a totalitarian regime.

The significance of that position in terms of the war's broader message? Why the emboldened Washington neo-cons are now talking about standing up the the tyrants and terrorists in the Middle East: Syrai, Iran, Saudi Arabi, Egypt, and Jodon. The only democracy in the Middle East is Israel. They are calling for the downfall of all non-democratic regimes in the Middle East.

Ambitious programme this regime change. All the regimes in the Middle East bar Israel need liberation. Pre-emptive strikes are the way to go.

I guess those cheerleaders, Michael Duffy and the Daily Telegraph, know this and they and accept that waging war is the way to keep the flame of liberty burning brightly. The lesson they've drawn from the great military campaign that liberated Iraq was that the US need not, and should not, wait around to be attacked before attacking.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 1:01 AM | | Comments (1)
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The lesson they've drawn from the great military campaign that liberated Iraq was that the US need not, and should not, wait around to be attacked before attacking. |||| Don't you remember 9/11, Gary? This is the sin that the US will go to the ends of the earth to avenge...even thinking the wrong way is liable to put you offside when PNAC comes to town.