Empty Days

Friday, February 13, 2004



Beyond Bagdad

Not that I am neck-deep in Iraq war but the Frontline report on PBS yesterday was not bad at all. Somewhat superficial perhaps (avoiding all the more problematic questions essentially) but it gave a certain idea of how things are not really getting settled on the ground there. Of course the american reporter was especially shocked and inquisitive about the Shiite radicals in the South, with their typical jihad yells and rabid mullahs. I can't really know what sort of approximation this report actually gives - it may be fairly close, or pretty distorted. After all I know exactly nothing about that country. And the journalists don't seem to know much either.

The endless line of cars at the gas-station, in that oil-rich land, was particularly impressive.

One thing seems clear - americans are stuck there for a good while now. If they leave it won't be pretty. Bad scenario: there is a change of leadership in the States and the new administration decides to pull everybody out to please the voters. Boom - Iraq becomes a second Afghanistan. If Bush made a mistake by getting into this, getting out prematurely would be multiplying that mistake expotentially. And the curious thing is that this can very well happen regardless of the consequences. That's how the US foreign policy works - every time there's a change of presidency in the States the whole damn world is in jitters.





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