New York Times: Escalate!
g.maclennan at qut.edu.au
Wed Aug 20 21:11:30 MDT 2003
At 09:39 PM 20/08/2003 -0400, Fred wrote:
> This New York
>Times editorial suggests more troops in order to seal off the "good"
>civilian population from the terrorists and seizing the opportunity to
>give the UN a bigger role for the United Nations (meaning the Security
>Council and those the imperialist powers can buy and bully) in the
>counter-insurgency effort. The Times also hints that more troops may
>and a more decisive commitment to the war may be the way to quiet the
>current unrest among the troops.
Very interesting Fred. It looks more and more that this is the Vietnam War
in slow motion. May be not so slow. As I have already said, the USA is
now in a bind. It has either to go the path the NYT suggests and get stuck
into winning an anti-guerrilla war or pull out now. Both choices are
disastrous for Bush & Co. The subduing of the Iraqi resistance will not be
easy. I am conscious here of something Lou said in his BBC interview that
there isn't a base of support within Iraq for the USA. I really do not
think they can play the Shia against the Sunni card.
A withdrawal would be a terminal blow not just to Bush but to USA expansionism.
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