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Here is a sensible exit strategy

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Submitted by Naseem (United Kingdom), Nov 1, 2006 at 11:07

Assalamau Laikum all,

Whatever the living was like under Saddam ...it was not like this.

The Amerkie said they wanted to bring freedom, security, wealth and democracy (and a guaranteed oil supply)to Iraq.

None of these things have happened...the only success the Amerekie has had is "blood on their hands...lots of it ...direct and indirect". They talk big, eat big ...but they cannot rid Iraq of the mess they have created...many muslims have helped in creating the mess...I agree that it is not the Amerekie alone.

The Amerikie can now help by showing many of them the way...let me elaborate on this very important point.

The peoples of Iraq...they don't really know what the Amerike means by security, wealth and democracy....so you need to show them....and educate them.

This can be achieved by taking a statistical sample of the Iraqi peoples back to the Amerike/coalition countries with them, showing them what these things mean.

The sample could be say 10,000 familes to go, live, work and earn in the Amerikie and other Western countries of interest for say a period of a 18 months. The sample of peoples are "carefully screened" but chosen country wide across Iraq, and will be a mix of sunni, shia, kurds, christian etc.

Obviously, things have to be made ready in the Amerikie, the UK, Poland, Australia etc...but the West is good at this type of logistical exercise. Whilst in these host countries, attendence to freedom/democracy/moderate Islam seminars, work training etc are mandatory.

In effect the 18 months is a carefully structured "moderate islam training program" with some input from Iraqi authorities.

These peoples are then rotated...i.e. they are flown back into Iraq and a different 10,000 familes are jetted away. This program would be in effect for 50,000 familes say.

Rules can be set up and agreed by these families , that any children born in the "exchange" are still Iraqi citizens...and that can not remain in the Coalition countries.

And why would you want to do this? Well, when back in their Iraqi homes these people are distributors of information about democracy, freedom, wealth and how this can be realised in Iraq too.

They share their experiences...tell them of the freedom and the meaning of democracy.

In essence it is the people of Iraq who need to take charge back of their country...all you will have done is inject them with this spirit.

They are the ones who will no longer accept the sadrs and the mahdi army and the violence, Knowing the terrain and the culture.... they will rid them out of their midst....and voila, you have your exit strategy.

Submitting....

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