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Submitted by John (United States), Nov 30, 2004 at 16:49

The problem is that the Shia clergy are too Anti-American. They want America out of Iraq, but have no capability of fighting a Sunni insurgency on their own. So they push for an election without delay. Then they can claim the power that they deserve, but are too weak to hold on to.

The denial of how much they need the US is their undoing. Although, the US is enemies with their fellow Shia - Iran, there is no doubt that the fate of the Iraqi Shia and the US are tied together. Who else can protect them from Sunni insurgents?

Many will say that the UN could, but thats unlikely. Not just because they ran from Iraq with their tails between their legs, but because they dont have the motivation to suffer casualties under a terrorist/guerilla war.

September 11th motivates the US in Iraq, the holocaust motivates the Israelis in Palestine. The UN has no similar motivation. Iraq's neighbors couldn't protect the Shia. There's only the US.

Do you hate the US? Who benefits from that?

The people of Iraq do not own their own thoughts. They still are afraid to express their feelings for fear of retaliation from former Baathists. They are slaves to Anti-Americanism, slaves to a culture of hatred.
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