Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Bush and Blair's Mesopotamian Joke

Look, no "Political Solutions" Over Here ... Look, no "Political Solutions" Over There!
The political solution in south Iraq is as elusive as elsewhere in Mesopotamia.

Tony Blair’s government committed the British military to the invasion and occupation of the deep south of Iraq, where the troops met immediate and growing resistance. The whole project has been as much a serious error for Britain as for the US.

An Assessment of Tony Blair's contribution from David Wearing (Britain’s failure in Iraq):
British diplomacy failed to dissuade Germany and France from objecting to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and many of those European countries that did join the US-led coalition left as the post-war security situation deteriorated sharply. Even in financial donations to the Iraqi reconstruction effort, the European contribution was minimal, despite British pleas. . . . .

What caused Britain’s failures in Iraq? Two key factors can be identified: a lack of capability and of legitimacy. Britain is experiencing a miniature version of the current US imperial overstretch. Britain had neither the diplomatic influence to act as an effective transatlantic bridge nor the military capacity to control its zone of operation in the south. It has found that attempts to conquer third world countries in the 21st century are not as feasible as they were in the 19th century. Decades of anti-colonial struggles, military and political, have engendered a substantial ability to resist domination.

Moreover, while Britain and the US have adopted different approaches to counter-insurgency in their respective areas, what they have had in common was always more important: a lack of legitimacy among the population (unlike the regional government of the Kurdish north). Britain has claimed legitimacy for its presence in Iraq on the basis of an endorsement by the UN Security Council. But a decision taken by 15 foreign governments in New York can hardly legitimise an occupation opposed by the majority of the Iraqi population. An occupation cannot be sustained in such circumstances.
'Xactly what I've been sayin'.

3 Moderated Comments:

Blogger Beach Bum said...

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11/07/2007 06:31:00 PM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

Quite a while back I read some history of British involvement in Iraq after they got the League of Nations mandate on that piece of the corpse of the Ottoman Empire. I guess history education has fallen apart over there as well.

11/07/2007 06:32:00 PM  
Blogger George W Bush said...

I don’t — you know quagmire is an interesting word. If you lived in Iraq and had lived under a tyranny, you’d be saying: God, I love freedom, because that’s what’s happened.

And there are killers and radicals and murderers who kill the innocent to stop the advance of freedom. But freedom’s happening in Iraq. And we’re making progress.


(7-Nov-07)

11/07/2007 06:40:00 PM  

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