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    military intelligence, your tax dollars at work, and other oxymorons..., 2004-09-21 10:41:07 | Main | Remembering Abu Nidal..., 2004-09-24 00:41:16

    There are "resistance groups cheered on by many on the American left"? There are "governing parties championed by the American right"? Yes everybody would do well to know what the hell it is they're talking about, but my nitpick here is the use of the plural - Smyth identifies one leftist sympathetic to Sadr's followers, and just as well they probably deserve some sympathy but it doesn't look like Klein is doing any cheering to me, and he identifies one governing party - Allawi - championed by the American right. Nor does he identify an organized group for us to cheer on - maybe there are some but hell if they stand much of a chance between all the nutjob reactionary religious zealots in the country, between the Sunnis, the Shi'ites, the Americans - the armed factions of which all seem to be lead by people who believe they have a direct line to god. You try doing something moderate and constructive in a room full of crazy wingnuts. Frankly it isn't the American progressive's responsibility to cheer on anybody in Iraq. Iraq should be Iraqi's responsibility, American progressives are never going to understand enough to know who is best for Iraq, they have a responsibility - like any democrat - to butt out of other people's affairs, which means, were we to offer some advice, that they should be cheering on an end to the occupation. But isn't it fun to lambast hasty generalizations?


:: posted by buermann @ 2004-09-23 09:41:26 CST | link





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