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Reader comment on item: Civil war likely in Iraq: Pipes
in response to reader comment: An Important Distinction between India and Pakistan

Submitted by Bader S (United Arab Emirates), Mar 8, 2006 at 16:50

First, Iraq cannot be compared with Germany, Japan or Korea. Unlike these countries, Iraq did not attack any of the coalition countries.

Second, to invade a country simply to remove a dictator cannot be legally justified. No matter how good the intention was, what the coalition did is an illegal aggression against a sovereign state.

Third, the situation in Iraq is definitely the fault of the coalition. Had the coalition not invaded Iraq, would this situation exist today?

Fourth, over 90% of the insurgents are Iraqis. They are fighting an occupying aggressor . If the US can call its allies to join it to break the international rule of law, then the insurgency can also call its friends to help it in its struggle to throw out the foreign body.

Fifth, the problem is NOT Islam, people fail to see that. The problem is the policies of the US in the Middle East. US has supported ruthless dictators in this region ever since oil was discovered. The US supported Saddam Hussein in the past, let us not forget that.

Sixth, the US is building at least 4 major military bases with the intention of remaining in Iraq for a long time. After 60 years the US is still in Germany and Japan. So if the insurgency was not there, the occupation would not end in a hurry.

Seventh, the best way for the coalition to defend itself is to retreat from Iraq.

Eigth, the aggression is in itself an act of violence that killed innocent civilians. To the relatives of those who died through coalition actions, the violence was senseless.
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