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I’d really like it if one of these days I could write a headline like “Bush Becomes Sane” or “Negotiations Ease Tensions in Middle East”. The recent news about diplomacy making some progress in North Korea was great, but so much of the rest of the news is near-cataclysmic.
I’m mostly speaking of the latest Seymour Hersh piece about the new trend in White House madness.
Let me see how I can summarize it…
After the US was attacked by Sunni extremists (Al-Qaeda) on 9/11, the US invaded secular Iraq. The invasion helped empower Shiite Iran and the Shiite factions within Iraq. Now, afraid of the rise of Iran and the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, the US is trying to counter these Shiite forces by supporting Sunnis. These Sunni groups include the Saudi Arabian government, and militia groups inside Lebanon who actually trained at Al-Qaeda camps.
Iraqi insurgents fighting Americans- Sunni
Saudi Arabia- Sunni
new Lebanese militias- Sunni
Moqtada al-Sadr & his Mahdi Army- Shiite
So in a sense, the US is siding with the people who attacked us on 9/11 and who are currently fighting us in Iraq!
Even worse, the US is trying to take sides in the centuries-old conflict between Sunni and Shia, while simultaneously fighting factions on both sides. Under this explanation, it seems that the main reason Bush wants to stay in Iraq is to fight Iran. While a nuclear-armed Iran could be a threat at some point in the future, there must be a way to resolve it without turning the world’s 1 billion Muslims into enemies of the United States (or maybe it’s too late for that). Hell, Iran’s economy is down the drain and the average Iranian dislikes the government and loves American culture. Attacking the country will push these people back to the fundamentalists for protection. Why we’re not simply pouring money into Iran’s reformist movements I’ll never know.
On to other bad news, it looks like the American Constitutional crisis may be heating up. Condoleezza Rice has publicly stated that if Congress passes legislation to limit Bush’s actions in Iraq, that Bush will ignore them.
Clearly, the heads of the US government are a threat to the safety of the United States and should be impeached. That holds true at nearly all times, no matter who’s in charge, but the current guys are a little more Ragnarok-y than usual.
One bright spot, “US generals ‘will quit’ if Bush orders Iran attack”. Sadly, since Bush no longer cares about public opinion, and the Congress is unlikely to even try to stop him, one of the only ways for this war to end is for the soldiers to refuse to fight it. Which is tantamount to a coup, really.
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