The good and bad about Iraq

Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 2, 2006 at 10:51 p.m.

There are six good and bad things about the war in Iraq. Bad: That even one good American must die when the nation goes to war.

Good: That casualties are going to be only a very tiny fraction of those in World War I, World War II, the Civil War, Vietnam or Korea. Bad: That Bush allowed himself to be presented as cocky and imprudent when he landed and strutted triumphantly on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln. He landed under a banner stating "Mission Accomplished." The occasion was a shipboard celebration commending the return of the carrier and its crew and the banner referred only to their successful mission.

Good: That President Bush has the determination to stay the course against the nay-sayers. Bad: That the great Democratic Party should be corralled by quitters. Good: That the anti-war crowd raised enough of a cry to stimulate re-examination of objectives and strategy. Bad: That Sunnis and Shiias don't get along. Good: That even Sunnis (other than Baathists and Saddam loyalists) must come to realize that temporarily, during the formation of a new independent and united Iraq, that their only hope as a minority is the protection afforded by coalition forces. Bad: That foreign insurgents have killed tens of thousands of Iraqis.

Good: That it has caused a strong new growing Iraqi army now numbering 300,000 to hate foreign insurgents. Bad: That Sunnis staged strong post-war resistance because they lost the power they held in Saddam's regime. Good: That the new Iraqi constitution provides in Article 110 that the oil rich Shiia sections of the country will share pro-rata those funds with all other sections of Iraq. The talk is that each Iraqi citizen will receive an annual stipend from oil similar to that enjoyed by Alaskans.

Bill Pepper,


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