Monday, November 08, 2004



Read some of the comments on the BBC's "Have your say" on the Fallujah invasion. Fortunately, a number of them are supportive. The ones that aren't, however, show a cluelessness that is frightening. It's frightening because it seems to be a position that far too much (close to half?) of the world population holds.

Here's what I had to say about it:

To those shaking their fingers with predictable warnings of gloom and death (really sticking your neck out there predicting tragedy in a war, aren't you?) please provide us with your alternative plan. Stop telling us what you're against and tell us what you're for.

Alawi invited the U.N. to come up with a better plan.


The nay-sayers appear to want us to pull out and let the peaceful people if Fallujah and Iraq in general get on with their pastoral, butterfly-filled lives. Get a clue. We pull out, the "insurgents" take over, and Iraq becomes a very wealthy state controlled by Muslim extremists. It's not what most Fallujans want, nor what most Iraqis want.

It would be, however, a windfall victory for Al-Queda.

An Al-Queda with billions of dollars at its disposal. Now isn't that an attractive thought?

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