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    no parallel..., 2007-08-22 20:44:25 | Main | peace corps ghana..., 2007-08-23 16:19:10

    eight days in iraq:

    I'm glad that the Daily Show has sent one of their hammiest correspondents to spend eight days in Iraq. That way the next time some nutclub gets on a highhorse about how "I just returned from eight days in Iraq and shit is awesome" sane people can reply "Like that guy from the Daily Show? Were you in the USO tour?"

    Here's some depressing thoughts on the failed teleportation experiment known as Iraq, from Nir Rosen:

    Iraq doesn’t exist anymore. Baghdad will never be in the hands of Sunnis again. Baghdad will be controlled by Shia militias. They’ve been cleansing all the Sunnis from Baghdad. So Sunnis are basically being pushed out of Iraq, period. They can go to the Anbar Province, which isn’t a very friendly place.

    I think you’ll see that there won’t be any more elections in Iraq. Maliki is the last prime minister Iraq will have for a long time. There is neither the infrastructure for elections anymore, nor the desire to have them, nor the ability of Iraqi groups to cooperate anymore.

    So what you’ll see is basically Mogadishu in Iraq: various warlords controlling small neighborhoods. And those who are by major resources, such as oil installations, obviously will be foreign-sponsored warlords who will be able to cut deals with us, the Chinese.

    But Iraq is destroyed, and I think we’ll see that this will spread throughout the region, and this will destabilize Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, as well.

:: posted by buermann @ 2007-08-22 22:41:39 CST | link

      I guess that just shows you that different doesn't necessarily equal better. **Sigh**

    posted by leahaz @ 2007-08-23 18:30:27 | link

      The phrase "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" loses much of its alacrity on the other side of the ocean.

    posted by buermann @ 2007-08-23 18:34:12 | link

    go ahead, express that vague notion

    your turing test:

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