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Iraqi Reconstruction, and when can the US leave

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Submitted by Bob Langfelder (United States), Dec 5, 2005 at 20:31

Many talk of the possibility of a Democratic Iraq. That it is possible for US troops to leave Iraq once the Iraqi Army can function on its own. All it will take is more US troops, more money and a taste of freedom that a democratic Iraq will bring it's people. But what is the reality of ethnic fueds between Sunni, kurd and Shiite? Will Sunnis sit idly by while the democratic majority of Shiites rule the country.

Will Kurds stop dreaming of an independent Kurdish Republic, free of Arab domination? Can the sweet smell of democracy stop Radical Mullahs from being democratically elected, only to declare an Islamic Republic with strict adherence to Islamic laws?

What role will women play, once the elected Radicals accuse liberated women of spreading the ideas of the Infidel West.? Can any hope of a democracy last with terrorists supported states like Syria and Iran stirring up the pot.. How long can a Foreign power stay and not be considered invaders or occupyers by the ordinary Iraqi?

On the other hand, leaving Iraq will expose the country to a civil war, and the possibility that Iraq will split up into 2-3 smaller States. The Sunni section under control by a Talibon type of government, Iran dominating the Shiite south, and the possibility of Turkey overunning the Kurdish North. An Iranian dominated Shiite South could influence oil supplies and prices and threaten oil rich Saudi-Arabia. This would cause great pressure on Western Powers to look the other way or fall into line and march to the wills of their new OIL Masters( a good reason to develope Alternative enery ASAP).No it seems like America is in Iraq for a long time, at least untill the oil runs out, or the US economy collapses from massive debt caused by huge trade deficts of imported oil.

America has three choices, to leave Iraq within the year and let the cards fall where they maybe, ask/beg the world community for massive infusions of funds and military forces ,or stay in Iraq for a decade, suffer massive casulities, spend triilons of tax payer dollars ( as the American Infrastructure rots away from neglect), than leave once America achieves energy independence or the ME oil wells go dry. Than go home leaving the same mess/choas as years before. My advice is Bush needs to demand Global help in rebuilding Iraq and get it!. Than slowly replace US troops with International troops and Money. Than with all the force and power avaiable develope a USA Domestic Alternative Energy sector that can one day compete with OPEC!!! Without Energy Independence it is just a matter of time that the US economy will oneday collapse from enourmous debt and angry debtors!!

Thanks for listening... Bob
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