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Beware of monsters

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

German philosopher Frederick Nietsche said, "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he doesn't become a monster."

Which made me think immediately of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield and all the neo-cons surrounding this administration and their effort to oust Saddam Hussein, the so-called monster of Baghdad.

We looked for weapons of mass destruction. We looked for a link between Saddam and Al Quaida. We invaded and now, as former Secretary of State Colin Powell said, we own it.

Like Tito strong-arming the Serbs and Croats in Yugoslavia into submission, Hussein used an iron fist to rule Iraq holding the various tribal and religious groups together.

Now we are filling this void militarily, playing cop to keep the Sunnis and Shiites from killing themselves. The Kurds want to separate themselves from the whole tired mess and form an autonomous state.

We also can't allow Iran to influence the balance of power in the region. And there are oil reserves to think about.

My what a monster we have created.

Now, nearly five years into this quagmire, General David Petraeus says there is limited military progress, but almost no movement politically. In his mind, the greatest fear is what would happen if we pulled our troops out.

Would Shiites slaughter Sunnis?"

Would Iraq become a surrogate of Syria and Iran?

Would some of the largest oil reserves in the world be monopolized and lead to global economic chaos?

The notion that the Iraqi Army will ever be able to provide security to all of its diverse people is laughable. The idea that Sunnis and Shiites can create a government that will govern for all of the people is equally questionable.

The real question for General Petraeus and his Commander in Chief and, ultimately, Congress is this: is there an end to any of this in our immediate future?

Another five years? How long will we continue to own this monster called Iraq? And is the sacrifice worth it?

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