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Reader comment on item: Civil War in Iraq?

Submitted by Patrick O'Brian (United States), Mar 1, 2006 at 09:27

Colin Powell's famous quote was "You break it, you own it".

The USA did not "break it". Iraq was broken to begin with. By toppling the madman Saddam it only exposed the broken society that is Iraq. Now the USA should follow John Murtha's advice (as well as Daniel Pipes's), take its soldiers out of harm's way and let the Iraqis do what they can with the opportunity that has been given to them.

Some people lament that the Middle East region will now become "destabilized". On which planet? The Middle East has been destabilized for decades. Iran and Iraq killed each other by the millions for 8 years in the 1980's and the rest of us survived.

What is the worst that can happen?

(1) The region becomes destablilized and the price of oil goes sky high leading to a world wide recession. Well, recessions will end. They have ended before.

We will develop other sources of fuel and learn to live without the oil addiction. It may take a while, but in the end the world will be better off. What would you rather have – a world-wide recession that lasts for a few decades or you and your descendants living for an eternity bending knee to medieval sh'aria?

(2) Iraqis elect fundamentalists. Sh'aria is imposed and extremist Muslims who want to impose sh'aria on rest of the world find a haven there. Well, wake up that problem is already here. So far the non-sh'aria nations have not had strong leaders that will deal with this problem. When the problem becomes severe enough we will deal with it.

(3) Iran or Palestine or some other Islamic country (or maybe France) eventually nuke out Israel.

The best way to deal with this threat may be the way India dealt with Pakistan during the most recent tension when Pakistan was rattling its nuclear sword in order to get concessions over Kashmir. At the height of the tensions the Indian Defense Minister (George Fernandes) stated that yes, Pakistan might launch nuclear bombs and take out a city or two, but soon after there would be no more Pakistan. I recall that the tensions eased remarkably after that, and have not since come back to the same degree.

In a similar vein the islamists (like Iran) forget that they may be 1.2 billion strong but there are 5 billion non-islamists in the world, who will do what is necessary to survive.

Israel is much smaller than India so an islamic nuclear attack would also mean that the palestinians get wiped out. But the Jews are dispersed all over the world so it would not mean the end for them.

(4) The worst thing that could happen, far worse than Iraq becoming another terrorist haven or the destabilization of the middle east or worldwide recession or even the nuking of various countries is giving up our will to the Islamists, becoming their cultural zombies. It's not not worth living.

This is what is has been happening to Europe in the last 30 years and it needs to be reversed over there and not allowed to happen elsewhere.

One of the writers to this forum said the "Deconstruction" of Islam is the best hope for our children and grand kids. Amen!! Forums like this start the deconstruction process.

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