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Iraq and what to do about it

Reader comment on item: Salvaging the Iraq War

Submitted by Ayasha (United States), Jul 30, 2007 at 15:12

At first I thought this was another 'I told you so' article, but you, Mr. Pipes, at least give us some solutions of what we might try to do about Iraq - which is more than we get from our Democrats, in my opinion.

I agree with just about everything you write. Except for one thing.

You ask "how many Americans or Britons care deeply about Iraq's future course? A lot of us, in the silent minority do care deeply. We don't want to see a bloodbath. A slaughter would remind Americans of the harm we brought to the Iraqi people who managed to escape the wrath of Saddam Hussein, etc. Then, of course there would be an even deeper sadness than we feel now, at the loss of the many soldiers who fight this battle for us.

America stumbled into Iraq one day, looking for non-existent WMD and, even though our intentions were good, what we have now is a disaster. Still, America may have opened Pandora's Box, but the evil inside has always been there.

Why so much anger at the U.S. and hardly any - any at Mr. Saddam Hussein, et al? Was it simply because he tortured and killed quietly and in an orderly fashion. Did we allow him to go on and on with his slaughter for so many years because he was quiet about it? I suppose it's useless to ask questions. When one does that about Iraq, it just gives birth to another question. Not an answer in sight.

With little accomplished, the Iraqi government has left the building - until September 4th that is. After that move, Mr. Bush is going to find it even harder to convince anyone that the U.S., et al should continue.

I have been a staunch supporter of the Iraqi people for a long time, but now, even I feel like giving in to frustration. What keeps me strong is looking across at the rest of the planet and how, in one way or another, we all can be just as self-destructive as many Iraqis are. Drug sales would be 0 if that were not the case.

Besides, I do not want to envision the smiles on Al Quedas' faces as America runs away - once again.

Like it or not, there are just some battles that have to be fought...

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