The Iraqi Occupation
Posted by aogThursday, 13 February 2003 at 21:40 TrackBack Ping URL
I hate to agree with Al Hunt, but his latest editorial speaks to something that has been concerning me, which is the US plans for Iraq during the occupation. Reports such as this one which claims that the US will high tail it out of town after a decent interval make me wonder what we're really fighting for. The long term goal must be to increase the security of the US and its citizens. Although it is a mammoth undertaking, I don't see any prospect of long term security without significant changes in Arabia and Iran. There is a democracy fetish in the West which I must admit I used to have a touch of myself. I've since come to believe that rule of law and the every day structures of life for the citizens matters much more than the particular form of government. Democracy is one of the best choices for preserving the good society but it does not itself create it. As we have seen time and again without the underlying support structure democracy collapses or goes off track (e.g. Venezuela). If we really want to win the war and not just conquer Iraq, we must take the time to inculcate what we can of the habits of good society and the rule of law.
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