Empty Days

Wednesday, April 07, 2004



Legitimacy = trust = peace ::

I am running thin on nerves "responding" to this whole Iraq situation. While the bulk of the blogosphere occupies itself with either day-dreaming about "localized insurgencies that only need putting down" and the other camp happily gloats over "obvious proofs" how they were so right about this war going bad in the end, I'd rather quote this piece of "informal intelligence" from the Financial Guy in Iraq who deals with CPA on a daily basis and has real contacts in there who know where things really stand:
I was going over the list of the participants in the last Rebuilding Iraq conference I got from an internal source.

It's sad. Back in June 2003 the same event list was 15 pages, and hundreds of participants. This one: 3 pages, maybe a hundred - and very few non-CPA/USG non-Arabs.

What does that tell you?

Market speaks.
That's all you need to know. The real prestige and promise of the Coalition Authority has shrunk consistently while our tv anchors kept telling us how things were going fine and finer. Now we see very telegenic dragging of corpses through the streets, magnificent street-fights in tense neighbourhoods, and all those other hard-to-miss signs of things not going as fine as we were being lead to believe.

People are starting to wonder what might be going wrong behind the scenes. And for some reason a lot of people are starting to wonder that perhaps it's time these behind-the-scenes facts came to light, and that maybe what is really needed is not first-and-foremost more troops and more repression but better and stronger alliances with the locals, better and more trustworthy behind-the-scenes leadership.

And that's why people are once again talking about improving legitimacy with international mediators and "taking the all American face off this" (US Senator) and shedding light on the all-too-obscure dealings and deadly failures of the CPA.

I only hope all of this will become evident soon enough to permit drastic changes and prevent further deterioration. Amen.





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