Empathy for the enemy - Iraqis follow American example
Recent history tells us that most Western governments are tenacious where their strategic interests are concerned and some are prepared to use massive disproportional force to achieve their objectives.
In the film 'The Fog of War', ex- US Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara suggests that one way a President can avoid ecscalating the body count is to "empathise with the enemy". This empathy, he argues, enabled Kennedy to see that he needed to help his enemies to save face at the time of the Cuban missile crisis.
Diplomacy allowed for a win win result and averted a
Surely, one of the most depressing aspects of what now looks like 21st century colonisation in the Middle East, is the apparent general acceptance that the Iraqis themselves should pay with oil, sweat, blood and taxes for the deliberate destruction of their country. Iraqi oil looks to have been already mortgaged to pay for US contractors to undo the damage done by bombs and sanctions. Meanwhile, the refusal of the coalition to withdraw its troops and wide use of private security firms smacks of a mafia protection racket which busts up the joint then brings in protection "in case they come back".
Most ironic of all, in these times of empty rhetoric
and broken promises, is that Iraq's growing burden from the occupation
finds a parallel in the USA's own historic quest for independence.
The British Government heavily taxed
The American militias spent seven years persuading the British army to leave. Let's hope sincerely that the Iraqi militia are not required to exercise equal persistence to achieve achieve the same result.
Gordon Glass, Elsworth, Cambridge.