Iraq: Four Comments

Another debacle with Pres. Obama snoozing at the helm.

Four comments about the debacle in Iraq:

1   What the US built there did not pass any test except that the the Kurdish north is still peaceful and prosperous. Why this costly state- building endeavor failed is worth thinking about.

2   There is no reason to treat the borders of Iraq as sacred. Iraq, the state, was cobbled together distractedly by the Brits on the ruins of the Turkish empire. Its dismemberment is long overdue even if it’s on sectarian lines.

3   The existence of a jihadist, Islamist state in the center of the Mideast is not the worse possible outcome from an American standpoint. After all, in Afghanistan, our armed forces aided by the Brits toppled an Islamist government in 2001 in three months flat. A country, a nation-state makes a good target for conventional forces.

4   If the US does not intervene militarily on the side of the more or less legitimate government of Maliki, Iran will (and the US will have again looked like a paper tiger inviting attack).

Vis pacem para bellum


About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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One Response to Iraq: Four Comments

  1. Tige d'airain says:

    Today lots of Mossoul’s inhabitants are acclaiming the djihadists on their way to Bagdad. I believe that President Obama would fill more comfortable if he had endorsed the policy that I had proposed on this blog some months ago regarding the only possible attitude that western countries should have to cope with such situation:
    ‘… you dislike our way of living and so do we about yours. Consequently we shall no more interfere with the events occurring in your countries and we strongly require you to do the same. If it happens that we had to suffer any terrorist action committed by one of your citizen we consider that your country is responsible and we shall be obliged to reply in any manner at our disposal..”

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