Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Broken Beyond Repair?

It’s complicated. I asked a very well educated Iraqi this morning, “Who is eventually going to win”? His reply was that no one will ever win in Iraq without the assistance of outside forces. In other words, Iraq is so factionalized that it will never be able to have a functioning government and law abiding, peaceful society without the intervention of other countries or powerful political entities.

“If you break it, you own it”, Colin Powell once said to NPR’s Robert Seigel. Well, we broke it, and are refusing to fix it. We’re about to run out of the shop leaving the beleaguered owner to clean up our mess.

Iran? Saudi Arabia? Who will exercise influence in Iraq once the United States retreats into a decade or so of intense isolationism?

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