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January 23, 2007

On 'Resting Iraq's Future On The Flip Of A Coin'

Mohammed Fadhil seems to have a better understanding of what's really going on in Iraq - and what to do about it, then many of our political leaders in Washington:

I think people who use this "last chance" idea are not helping Iraq or America or they are of the type of people who do not want to deal with the challenges seriously. This term has a tone of defeatism, it's as if Iraq was a totally lost case while in fact the huge change that's been happening in the form of replacing a totalitarian regime with a democratic one is a lengthy process that cannot be accomplished through military action alone; success has economic and social elements along with the military one in addition to international and regional cooperation. It is no wisdom to think of closing this file or abandoning it based on the results of one security operation.

It is unfair to demand the impossible from the coming operations; total eradication of terrorism and militias within months is a long shot because the violence in Iraq is a result of domestic and regional conflicts that are not limited to Baghdad and it is part of heavy legacy of mistakes and evil the Baath Era left.

I see that those who talk about last chances are in fact rushing failure in Iraq by putting a very high bar that is technically impossible to pass within months or a year.

There's a good reason that Fadhill has a good perspective on Iraq: Mr. Fadhil, along with his brother Omar, runs Iraq the Model, a blog based in Baghdad. Be sure to read it all of what he has to say, here.

Posted by Abdul at January 23, 2007 7:40 AM

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