[Marxism] Mea culpa from George Packer
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Mon May 10 08:35:34 MDT 2004
George Packer was one of the most visible Cruise Missile leftists
backing the war in Iraq. As as sign of the times, this is a snippet from
a piece he has in the current issue of the New Yorker, which also has
part 2 of Seymour Hersh's series on torture of Iraqi prisoners.
Yet perhaps the greatest mistake made by the architects of the war was
to assume that their vision of a liberal state would be eagerly embraced
by an ethnically divided, overwhelmingly Islamic country with a long
history of dictatorship. The Coalition Provisional Authority managed the
occupation as if benevolent American intentions guaranteed success.
Giving Iraqis a chance to experience and participate in democracy became
less important than achieving a desired outcome. As a result, Paul
Bremer and his colleagues failed to anticipate the level of resistance
that would emanate from Iraq’s various factions—in particular, the Shia.
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