The US House of Representatives want troops out of Iraq by April 2008. Those who want them to stay feel that the US hasn’t done its job yet. Iraq is far from stabilized. But this is pure naivety.
The simple fact is, Iraq never was, and never could be, stabilized. Iraq, as a country, was an impossibility, created initially as a compromise. With three distinct religio-political groupings, the ‘country’ has only ever been ‘stable’ through dictatorship.
At some point in the history of Iraq, a major war had to come. And US troops could stay there for another twenty years and it wouldn’t change this reality.
The only problem is, when they go, Anglo-US intervention guarantees the problem will be far worse than it otherwise would have been.
© Anthony North, July 2007
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