One need not read NY Times article (below) to get the message.  The military and police forces that the Bush administration is pretending will support Iraqi democracy are in fact the militia bases that are tearing it apart with a murderous, brutal, escalating civil war.  There is absolutely no evidence that the frail and stumbling Iraqi government can do anything to halt this mayhem — and less that our U.S. military can play policeman — short of sending in hundreds of thousands more troops to patrol the streets and to repair the ever deteriorating Iraqi infrastructure.  But in truth there is no way that WE can put Humpty Dumpty together again!  And there is no point in kidding ourselves or the rest of the world.  Perhaps others who are not hated occupiers can assist — preferably fellow Arabs and not just more interfering Westerners.

And perhaps there is still time to help Afghanistan?  We and the Russians owe them.  But that may be a lost venture now as well?


Sectarian Ties Weaken Duty’s Call for Iraq Forces
U.S. forces are struggling with the task of trying to build
up Iraqi security forces that are being used as proxies in
a spreading sectarian war.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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