2007 October 02 Tuesday
Iraqi Shiites Claim United States Supports Sunni Terrorists

I'm so glad I do not work as the press secretary for President Bush. I couldn't stand to justify the twists and turns and contradictions of George W's policies in the Middle East. Um, since the United States has taken on a missionary war to spread democracy around the world out the barrel of a gun shouldn't the US accede to the wishes of democratically elected Shias to not ally the US with not-democratically-elected Sunnis?

BAGHDAD, Oct. 2 -- The largest Shiite political coalition in Iraq demanded Tuesday that the U.S. military abandon its recruitment of Sunni tribesmen into the Iraqi police, saying some are members of "armed terrorist groups" and are engaged in killing, kidnapping and extortion under the guise of fighting the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq.

The statement by the United Iraqi Alliance, the Shiite bloc of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, is the most direct rebuke to a policy that U.S. military officers hold up as one of their most important achievements over the past year.

The United States is ignoring the wishes of the Shia majority. Does the Bush Administration now believe that thwarting the desires of the majority is sometimes morally acceptable policy? My guess is they've lost some of their faith in democracy but aren't keen to go on record about this. They claim moral legitimacy for their crusade based on the moral superiority of democracy in all cases. Their public profession of faith in democracy as the universal balm for stopping terrorism makes their current Iraqi policies a bit difficult to reconcile with their faith.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 October 02 10:50 PM  Mideast Iraq Ethnic Conflict


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Roach said at October 3, 2007 7:00 AM:

The bullshit of that faith should have been apparent from the rise of religious parties, the participation of Shia militiamen in the police and retalitatory killings against Shias, and the general corruption and lack of loyalty most Iraqis feel towards it. Instead of giving the Iraqis a functioning government which gained more legitimacy from elections, we handed them a non-functioning government and though through elections alone even this ineffective system would then have full legitimacy simply through elections alone. Our leaders forgot that, especially in the third world, democracy is stigmitized as inefficient, corrupt, slow to act, and likely to oppress one's tribal group.


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