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September 25, 2005

I notice that Geoff Hoon, the former Defence Secretary, has admitted that Tony Blair and his ministers underestimated the level of fanaticism in Iraq when they declared war on Saddam Hussein. Hoon said that Britain and the US were unprepared for the violence perpetrated ever since by extremists bent on preventing democracy taking hold. I guess Australia can be included in that.

Martin Rowson

Suprise.Suprise. Didn't they understand themselves to be an imperial force invading a sovereign nation. Didn't they forsee the consequences of the US Fallujah campaign? RiverBend points out the equation from 9/11:

For the 3,000 victims in America, more than 100,000 have died in Iraq. Tens of thousands of others are being detained for interrogation and torture. Our homes have been raided, our cities are constantly being bombed and Iraq has fallen back decades, and for several years to come we will suffer under the influence of the extremism we didn't know prior to the war.

The fanaticism and extremism is partly a nationalist (Sunni and Shi'ite) insurgency. What did the Anglo-Americans expect from their violent and ongoing occupation of Iraq? Love, kisses and flowers?

I guess that it never occurred to the Anglo-American occupying forces that they were a part of the problem as well as a part of the solution in Iraq; or that, as long as the Anglo-American military occupied the country, matters would just get worse.

Is not the reality one of an Iraq on a trajectory of disintegration? The Saudi's are pessimistic: they see the development of disintegration dragging the region into war. Some Iraqi's see Iran filling the vacum.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:32 AM | | Comments (0)