Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The dishonest war at five

After five years, what will happen in Iraq now?

By Walter Haan,

History will tell us what is going to happen in Iraq after our first five years of disastrous war and occupation there. It will be the Philippines and Yugoslavia all over again.

It will be as during our war on Filipinos in the Philippines in 1899-1902. After we liberated the islands from Spain and the natives thought they were really liberated, we stayed for 40 years after defeating the Filipino “rebels” until the Japanese drove us out in 1942. We will beat the three groups of Iraqis into submission to form the type of administration most advantageous to us and our thirst for Iraqi oil. I had a grandfather who fought against the Filipinos at the start of the 20th century with our army of “liberation.” I’ve often wondered if I have Filipino relatives because of my grandfather’s time there. By the way, US troops used water torture on Filipinos. It’s documented.

One man kept Yugoslavia together for decades: Tito. Just as Saddam Hussein kept the lid on Iraq for decades until we decided to overthrow him for reasons that were lies. Once Tito was gone, Yugoslavia broke up into six (or is it seven) independent republics. That process involved us, the European Union and NATO in military action to keep the Croats, Serbs and Bosnians from killing each other.

Now in Iraq, after Saddam was hung for his crimes, Iraq is dividing into three main sections, one each for the Kurds, Shia and Sunnis. In Washington, those liars Bush and Cheney pound their chests about our “success” in Iraq and how the Surge has worked to lower violence. Bullshit. We just enabled the three groups to cleanse their neighborhoods of each other, confining their enemies in distinct areas resulting in less contact with one another. It won’t be long until the Federal Iraq of the three regions breaks up into three different nations, just like in Yugoslavia. After all, Iraq was just cobbled together by the British in 1920, nominally under a branch of the Hashemite family, but really controlled by the British. It will now uncobble. This will happen. It may take a while, but it will happen.

But until that happens, we’ll keep our forces in Iraq. That will raise our numbers of dead, now almost 4,000, to even higher numbers. More Iraqis will die too. But maybe we’ll get 40 years in Iraq, stripping it of natural resources (oil) until someone throws us out. Like the Japanese did in the Philippines.--Copyright 2008 by Walter Haan,


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