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Iraq's Rebellion

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Submitted by Lisette Murad (United States), Apr 17, 2004 at 09:22

Dear Sir:

Iraq is a difficult country to rule. But I do not believe that leaving Iraq now, is an option. The U.S. must stay its course and remain involved for a longer period of time to ensure a successful transition to a viable, functional Iraqi government. To transform Iraq into a democracy requires time. Leaving Iraq at this juncture, would likely fuel a civil war between Sunnis, Shi'as and Kurds and plunge the region into further chaos. Radical elements would certainly re-emerge. All American advances may be relinquished if not properly consolidated. President George W. Bush, spoke recently at a news conference, where he reiterated the vital importance of continuing the struggle for reform and democracy in the region as long as it is needed.

It is not easy to find a "democratically-minded strongman" that will hold power and provide good government. Iraq has a history of coups of governing bodies, and such an individual would likely be seen as a legitimate target for assassination. Furthermore, the reality on the ground, may prevent a more moderate strong regime from emerging, and would likely hamper what in fact, they can achieve, if no infrastructure or institutions are in place and available as support.

I do not see the current project as failing. In such a conflict, there are always advances and drawbacks. The United States cannot simply enter a totalitarian country, depose its leaders and withdraw. Such a policy would fail, because it would simply replace the rule of one tyrant with that of another. In view of the global terrorist threat, the U.S. must fight for the long run, and extremist elements must be eliminated.

Sincerely,

Lisette Murad
Canada
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