Jim S. 
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Re: “Get IRAQ's Civil War over with

Playing your argument out would be an exact duplicate of the killing fields left behind in Viet Nam. It is probably the exact same argument you used then. A merciless cold blooded opinion: "It's cold-blooded calculus, but where's the advantage in staving off the inevitable? Perhaps Iraq is destined to set the Middle East ablaze, or to collapse into a failed state like Somalia, or to disintegrate into partition and ethnic cleansing like Yugoslavia. It is likely that, after we pull out, a lot of people are going to die. Does it matter if they die now rather than 2008? "Holding back the deluge, after all, doesn't come cheap. The CISS calculates that "between 2 percent and 5 percent of Iraq's 27 million people have been killed, wounded or uprooted since the Americans invaded in 2003." Immediate withdrawal offers one clear advantage over "ramping up and ramping down": it would end an occupation that will kill 1,000 American troops and 200,000 Iraqis each year that it continues. "Long or short, the bloodletting of an Iraqi civil war is coming. Unlike the bloodletting of our current occupation, however, it will eventually end." And, of course all the people that die will be George W. Bush's fault. That is your great vindication.

Posted by Jim Soderberg on 12/14/2006 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Getting Paid For Getting It Wrong

Maybe if you would read the books and authors you criticize you would understand why they resonate with people and why the anti-American creed's like Chomsky's do not. If you repeat your mentor's interpretation of what has happened in the last few years often enough you might even convince yourself that it is true, to your own folly. The demise of the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan is the result of Islamic fascists that are moving forward with their agenda with total disregard to the values of justice or respect of human life and other values we hold dear. It would have been a miracle to really pull off a democratic change in that environment. But to think that it is all America's fault, or all the Republican administration's fault, that Iraq's prospects are grim is ludicrous. We all see through the grid of our education and background. It is obvious that yours has not been enlightening. To be converted to being an admirer of Chomsky takes years of Socialist conditioning, or just full acceptance of his message without thinking. Victor Davis Hanson wrote an excellent article on the opposing approaches to the situation in Iraq. The link is http://victorhanson.com/articles/hanson120106.html The article shows how two quite antithetical views of the war on terror — and indeed, the entire American role in the Middle East — are now crystallizing. It is a great read.

Posted by Jim Soderberg on 12/13/2006 at 4:34 PM

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