[Marxism] Horrifying mess
rajeshcherian at yahoo.co.in
Fri Nov 24 20:34:56 MST 2006
Isn't enough enough for the American and British public? How can these people so dumb they don't realize they are endangering their future generations sowing hatred for themselves in the minds of so many people? Shame on the civil society and the political apparatus in these countries. The article below is an editorial in today's 'The Hindu' newspaper, India's most respected English-language daily.
The spate of car bombings in Baghdad on November 23 that killed at least 144 Shias and injured more than 200 provides ample proof that the civil war in Iraq is escalating rapidly. According to statistics compiled by the United Nations, the vast majority of the 3,750 civilians killed in October 2006 were casualties of the raging sectarian conflict. Many months ago, most of the world ceased to give any credence to claims that the occupation forces led by the United States, acting in concert with the Iraqi police and army, would be able to bring the situation under control. The October-November developments underline the utter hopelessness of the situation in which the Bush-Blair administrations are embroiled. Over the next few days, President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are scheduled to travel to Jordan and Saudi Arabia respectively. These visits will be in furtherance of the ongoing effort to persuade the governments of these two Sunni-majority countries to take the lead in restraining their sectarian brethren across their eastern borders. The Bush administration seems so desperate as to swallow its pride and provide some scope for Iran and Syria to engage openly in Iraqi affairs. The Syrian Foreign Minister, Waled al Moallem, could not have visited Baghdad recently nor could Iraq's President Jalal Talabani have contemplated a weekend trip to Tehran if Washington had raised objections.
While the al Saud and Hashemite monarchies do have linkages with the Sunni tribes of western Iraq, they do not appear to be in any position to exert effective influence so long as there are occupying forces and a western military presence in the region. A significant section of the fighters from this sect owes allegiance to an al Qaeda that is vehemently opposed to the monarchies and their extra-regional sources of support. Iran and Syria will naturally be pleased with Washington's indirect acknowledgment that they do have a legitimate role to play in Iraqi affairs. But the Shia militias are not tight-knit organisations and the fighters are unlikely to heed the advice of foreign governments. Although the apprehension is that the withdrawal of the occupying forces will intensify sectarian strife, the U.S. and the United Kingdom — having made a horrifying and criminal mess of Iraq and the life of its people — have little option but leave the Iraqis to their own devices.
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