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The 50 Years War June 2, 2007

Posted by Dwight and Lynn Furrow in Current Events.
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With all the excuses used to justify the war in Iraq–removing Saddam, destroying WMD, promoting democracy–and all the prevarication about when it will end–when the terrorists (Sunni, Shia, Baathist, Al Quaeda?) are defeated, “we’ll stand down when the Iraqi army stands up”–the plain fact that the mainstream media occasionally reports but largely ignores is the ongoing construction of permanent U.S. military bases.

I’ll leave it to speculation why the mainstream media buries this seemingly relevant issue. But now we know the purpose of the bases. According to President Bush, Iraq is the new Korea.

Permanent occupation has been the goal all along.

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1. Kevin W. - June 8, 2007

Permanent occupation was surely the goal of the invasion, but maintenance of the bases may eventually become untenable if the security situation continues to deteriorate at the rate and scale at which it has been the past few years. The bases (and especially the embassy) are likely to become major magnets for attacks if the disparate groups of Iraqis unite against our occupying forces. If the rapidly increasing spiral of violence in the past couple years is any indication, we’ll probably be forced to abandon the bases at some point – who knows, 2010… 2015? But it’d only happen after a complete collapse of public support for the war (and possibly economic hardship due to funding the war through debt and monetary inflation). Aside from a sudden, vast, and extremely unlikely turnaround in violence, the economy, political stability, and all the ethnic/religious/political tensions in Iraq, I think abandoning the bases will in all likelihood prove inevitable, but when that may finally occur is certainly open-ended.

Iraq Has Always Been South America for the Bush Administration
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/174807/how_permanent_are_those_bases

The Colossus of Baghdad: A Mammoth New American Embassy in Iraq
http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/52525/

737 U.S. Military Bases = Global Empire
http://www.alternet.org/story/47998/

Evil Empire: Is Imperial Liquidation Possible for America?
http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=194902

As it stands now, more than 6 of 10 Iraqis approve of attacks on US troops – more than 90% of Sunnis and more than 60% of Shiites, but only 15% of Kurds (since their territories are largely autonomous and US troops are not involved). 77% of Iraqis believe the US is building permanent bases in the country, and 78% believe that if the Iraqi government told the US troops to leave within 6 months, we would refuse to do so.
http://www.iraqanalysis.org/tag/Opinion%20polls
http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/articles/home_page/250.php?nid=&id=&pnt=250&lb=hmpg1

Needless to say, even if “democracy” were ever genuinely on the agenda, it’s impossible to reconcile the “spreading of democracy” with a population that supports killing the democracy spreaders, and perceives them as permanent foreign occupiers who are unresponsive to domestic demands.

2. Dwight Furrow - June 10, 2007

Kevin,

Good summary of where we are.

It is troubling that most of the current crop of candidates for President seem incapable of acknowledging these facts–especially regarding the absence of much support in Iraq for a permanent presence.

3. Ruud Orlagh - September 19, 2007

they’ll have you suicidal,suicida. Ruud Orlagh.

4. Liesbeth Kiki - October 21, 2007

but your much on my mind, you often get declin. Liesbeth Kiki.


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