- Aug 12, 2005View Source
In looking at the situation in Iraq, it might be well to look at short-term goals and long-term goals. Our interfering CIA seems to have botched this badly in the past; looking perhaps merely at issues such as control or favor, which meant that they completely overlooked anything of moment in terms of significance to their own short-term and long-term goals in the world.
In the short term, it might have seemed an advantage to have such a complete psychotic jerk as Saddam Hussein in power, who was completely insensitive to the needs of the people in the region, mass-murdered huge chunks of the populace, suppressed religious expression, shot dissidents, and so on. This is what the Western socialists try to spin as an "enlightened" reign because women weren't veiled. To be fair, if the rumors are true that we did support Hussein for a time, I don't suppose anybody knew what he would become, how devastating his reign would be.
Now, look at the Shiites; a responsible and often well-educated people, who have been often oppressed, are a good deal smarter and kinder than Hussein's henchmen, receptive to any positive change, and with goals of good things toward their own people and toward others. In the short-term, analysts might have looked on the past on such irrelevancies as whether a group currently looked on the US with favor. Well, if you deal with a people in honesty and fairness, support movements that are good for the region -- is this not more conducive to goodwill in the long run? If you support a people who are *beloved* by their own people, will not the consequences mean more good for them, which would undoubtedly redound on good for us? And does it not follow that every good thing would follow; prosperity and sharing and good relations?
I fail to see any logic in what has been a consistent problem with unfairness to the Shiites, both by ourselves, and others. In the short-term, one might only consider that there are fewer Shiites in the world, or that it is unknown what they would do with their resources. All this, however, fails to take into account those things which really matter in the long-term: the happiness of their own people, their autonomy, their success, their stability; all of which would no doubt redound on us with an increase of goodwill in the future.
These are my thoughts, and I stand by them. I will not be bullied into selling the Shiites short for greed, bad press, or bigoted threats, nor will I be deceived by our botched and unhappy dealings with Iran, which seemed to lack any pretense of goodwill our part, that Iran has been the cause of the present nuclear impasse -- we egged them into it.
Moreover, with the present bigoted, spin-doctored and hate-filled press in the US, I would feel more comfortable in the room with a thousand armed Shiites, than with a single member of the athiest democrat press.
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