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    COMMENTARY Black holes and rogue states By Francesco Sisci BEIJING - Was the Iraqi war worth fighting? History is not made of ifs and buts ; however, as
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2005
      COMMENTARY
      Black holes and rogue states
      By Francesco Sisci

      BEIJING - Was the Iraqi war worth fighting? History is not made of
      "ifs" and "buts"; however, as many people in America, and in Europe,
      are playing with the idea of fighting a new war in Iran, or even
      throwing around plans for intervention in North Korea, one should
      first reflect on what happened in Iraq.

      The January 30 elections in Iraq were a great success. Nearly 60% of
      eligible voters went to the ballots, and given the present climate in
      the country, this could be interpreted to mean that the bulk of the
      population rejects the violent insurgency. Despite this, suicide
      attacks, bombings and kidnappings are part of daily life, and it will
      take years, if not decades, to restore normal life.

      In the meantime, US troops have no realistic possibility of being
      withdrawn without further endangering security, and hundreds of
      billions of US taxpayers' money will have been spent by the time the
      last troops leave. At the same time, Iraq has become a training ground
      for thousands of restive youngsters who, once peace is established,
      might lend their experiences to the next terrorist leader or druglord.

      MORE: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GC02Ak02.html


      --
      "Whom the gods would destroy they first give control of
      both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue."

      "Well, while I'm here I'll do the work and what's the work?
      To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken dumbshow."

      Allen Ginsberg
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