Friday, September 22, 2006

Democracy... government of national unity... UN mandate... historic opportunity...

That's the fantasy anyway.

The reality is a downward spiral of murder, torture and lawlessness. Every morning, you should thank whatever God or fate you believe in that you did not have the misfortune to be born an Iraqi. Living in today's Iraq is really beyond the ability of modern Westerners to imagine. Be grateful for that.

It is clear to everyone who does not feel the need to view Iraq through a filter of self-justification, self-interest and denial that it has already become a failed state. The notion that the Iraqi governmnent has a monopoly on the use of physical force within the country is not in any way credible. The "national unity government" is powerless, trapped in the Green Zone and unable to effectively project power beyond its heavily fortified walls. Most worryingly (although entirely predictably), the situation continues to deteriorate. At best, Iraq will continue to be a failed state for many years to come.

Once upon a time, we were told that the invasion of Iraq would make the world a safer place. Instead, we've helped create a failed state in which Islamic extremism (both Sunni and Shia) is on the rise. The unavoidable truth is that Iraq poses a far greater danger to world security today than it did three and a half years ago.

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1 comment:

Paul said...

It's been a while since Blair has used the retort, " do you believe it would have been better if Saddam was still in charge".