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Is it really that simple? Ans: Yes!

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Submitted by William Bryan (United States), Jul 27, 2007 at 13:17

Pat,

Did you even read my missive? I advocate the elimination of modern day Iraq as we now know it.

In fact, to make this work even better, the borders of Syria, Turkey, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are going to change.

So, why should these countries, enemies in many ways, want to do this?

Justice? Reduction of ethnic violence? Reduction of sectarian violence? Oil? etc...

Will this be easy? Ans: NO! But, it will make things more peaceful and prosperous for the inhabitantsof the Persian Gulf area.

Will this be bloodless? Ans: NO! There are animosities that go back hundreds of years; but, people can change---even in Islamic countries---if there is a sense of justice!

I am a great admirer of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk; but, in order to quickly rip Turkey from the 10th Century to the 20th, he had to kill thousands of his fellow Turks. Why did Ataturk do this? And, become so beloved and admired? Because he had the best interests of all Turks, men and women, Muslims and Christians,etc... His cause was just. By the time of Ataturk's death, 'The Sick Man of Europe,' was an economic and military power. Turkey, now, is the most powerful nation in the Islamic world.

Are you aware of the partioning of the colony of India into W. Pakistan and E. Pakistan after it gained independence from Great Britain? Millions died. But, if it had not been done, the modern Pakistan AND India would not be as modern or prosperous. Ask most Pakistanis or Indians.

Anyway, I've known a good number of people from these regions and am amazed at their intellectuality and their ethnic and religious tunnel vision.

I warned Iranian friends years ago who hated the Shah and supported Khomeni...

Suffice to say, I was right then, I've been right virtually every time; but, I am not perfect; but, there's a lot of people---like both Bushs, Kissinger, Albright--- who revel in wrong---and get paid for it!

Your comments about oil companies opposing energy independence are childish and imply an anti-Capitalist bent on your part. Oil companies executives have realized since the end of WWII that thedays of oil from oil wells are limited by geology; that's why from the forties onwards they invested in alternative fuelslike nuclear. Many oil companies own coal mines. For years the old Esso Corp. advertised that theywere any energy company. Nuke, coal, oil, natural gas, geothermal---there's huge amounts of moneyto be made powering transportation, providing electricity, to a world that should have establishedself-sustaining colonies on the moon and manned explorations of Mars' moons.

It is our US Government that made outfits like Esso, Texaco divest itself of their total energyworldview. Why? Think: Military Industrial Complex. Think: Price manipulation for insider elites.

Thanks for your reply.

I do grow weary being right---especially when I don't get paid enormous consulting fees like ..., Kissinger---A well paid Jewish Quisling architecting Israel's destruction.

Bill Bryan

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