A friend and colleague of mine told me during the events...

"It's very easy to destroy a country. But it's much more difficult to rebuild it afterwards." Wise words.

A recasting of the war's purpose is underway. There's Cheney with the Pope, giving him a crystal dove. Then there's the obvious backpedaling by the American Administration to first, place blame on the intelligence agencies (that we're incidentally telling them all along that Iraq did not pose an "imminent threat" before the war and now, <>in light of David Kay's report and recent resignation. Second, to prepare the country for an election year. (There are third, fourth, fifth, etc...but I'm not going to get to them all.) From my vantage point, the admin. is attempting to soften the blow, as it were, on the American people. Because, in the end, it is the perception of the American people on the situation in Iraq that will show how much the current administration sincerely cares for the people of Iraq...and whether or not the new justifications will hold water come election time. By all accounts that I see, Iraq is third on the list of priorities in this election (dropping in significance since Saddam's capture). The first two are the economy and healthcare, in that order. But Bush and his peeps will run the National Security ticket. There will be anthrax scares and fear pumped into the people's hearts here. That's they're only chance of winning. Iraq will become more of an issue if the situation does not improve and/or something remarkably terrible happens. And Post-War Iraq as an issue is related intimately with the economy, the record deficits, and America's poor credibility in the world community as of today (regardless of how many crystal doves you give Pope and people like him). We will see how this develop in the coming months, but I fear the worst and hope for the best. But what is the worst? And how is the best possible? It is all relative, of course. And I feel, more than ever, a particularly flux-prone quantum gap between different points of view that are being given the chance to matriculate in Iraq at the moment. In other words, things are volatile...yet it's vital to understand the different angles (or power-grabs) that are being conceived and built in the new Iraq, then question whether or not it/they is in the best interest of Iraq developing into a democracy (not to be exploited by external influences, tho unlikely,) over time.

Are the IGC and Chalabi the new Monarchs, and America the new Britain? see this article from Knight-Ridder press agency. (click here if that link doesn't work.)

The below quote from the article seems to me to be more and more true...and this I regret, because my family and I saw this coming more than a year before the invasion. While I protested, much of it smacked of co-opting the anti-war cause for other people's agendas, if I may speak so candidly. I wish only a better future for Iraq. There's no looking back, now. But I fear the perception of the American people may not lend itself so kindly to result in Iraq's future being a more prosperous and free one. And this only disheartens me. Allah Ow'eee'kone. Shlon' warta hatha...besss Allah bee'Ow'ee'kone. Inshallah, bil khair, ya rubb'...God give you strength in these difficult times. This I say to my family and all Iraqis irrespective of your faith or strength of faith. (Note: I'm not that religious. But in such times and in such dire positions...I believe where-ever one may find hope, one must search for it and then use it to strengthen their will and the wills of those around him or her. Believing in something greater is perhaps a necessary defense mechanism in order to allow hope to endure. Relgion does serve a function. This much is certain to me. Whether it will end up saving or destroying us is the question.)

"To many Iraqis, today's U.S. occupation reads like an old play with modern characters: America as the new Britain, grenade-lobbing insurgents as the new opposition, and Ahmad Chalabi and other former exiles on the Governing Council as the new kings."

Important Article Alert:

I thought this Washington Post article may have been missed by many and deserves a read. I don't mean to backpedal myself, but the facts are important...Historical fact is essential to comprehend the next steps for Iraq and the mistakes of the past, in order to not repeat them. Calling upon such inexhaustible investigative reports allows the mere chance of the truth coming out. In this article there are many interviews with Iraqi scientists. It was written by Barton Gellman, called, "Iraq's Arsenal Was Only on Paper: Since Gulf War, Nonconventional Weapons Never Got Past the Planning Stage"



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