Worst Case Scenario

This is blogger Anupam Chander on drawing wrong lessons from the failure to rebuild Iraq:

The failure of Iraqi reconstruction likely has more to do with our own actions rather than their social pathologies. We became the local autocrats, with proconsul Bremer the incompetent leader, his diktats enforced with ruthless force, and with lower level administrators who were inexperienced but well-nurtured on ideology. We spent Iraqi money carelessly on American contractors.

It wasn’t that Iraqis preferred their own local ruthless autocrats to the American ones. I suspect that they would prefer neither crew.

Pro-war ideologues have precious little to add to their record of support apart from desperation and hand-wringing about Iraqi “pathologies”. Here is a Harry’s Place piece on the “Talibanisation of Iraq”.

Iraq is sliding fast towards theocracy and is likely to end up similar to Iran. The power and influence of fundamentalist militias is growing rapidly. Two militias are doing most of the killing. They are the armed wings of major parties in the Blair-backed Iraqi government. Madhi is the militia of Muqtada al-Sadr, and Badr is the militia of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), which is the leading political force in Baghdad’s ruling coalition. Both militias want to establish an Iranian-style religious dictatorship.

I’m not sure what the HP blogger is referring to when he writes “similar to Iran”. But if he means Iraq is now a few nuclear-power plants short of a full blown anti-Western Shia theocracy, then he’s right. But that’s more a development of the nascent Iraqi democracy which, after all, was architected by the Americans, than the fault of insurgency terrorism.

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