Wednesday, August 13, 2003

As the occupier in Iraq we have to realize that were in this for the long haul. This is a long-term occupation and we have to shoulder all the responsibilities" that come with it. This would include running the private sector and the economy as a whole, securing and stabilizing the whole country and protect Iraq's and it's own interests by safeguarding Iraq's sovereignity. As you can see, I have moved on, on the issue of the invasion itself and rather would like to focus on the long-term commitment and strategy for Iraq, since the Pentagon's plan.... Well, the Pentagon didn't have one. And the White House had a quite simple but clear plan: re-align Iraq to America's and Israel's interests. I will talk about this issue in the coming days--hopefully tonight or tomorrow--but for now I'd like to quote Thomas Friedman, who reminds us that the short-term needs are fundamental for a partnership.

It would be a tragic irony if the greatest technological power in the history of the world came to the cradle of civilization with its revolutionary ideas and found itself defeated because it couldn't keep the electricity on.


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