A little marketing would help Iraq

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 11:18 p.m.
We know about the problems Australian farmers have had with rabbits, released into the wild many years ago, that are competing for grass with the farmers' livestock. If the Australians would use all their resources, their energies and their determination for, let us say, four years, just to kill off all the rabbits, they would probably succeed.
They could do this because rabbits stay rabbits and can easily be recognized. There is no possibility for sheep, wombats or kangaroos to suddenly turn into rabbits and so replenish their numbers.
Unfortunately, Iraqi insurgents are not like rabbits. They are not easily recognizable. And most importantly, anybody can turn into an insurgent at any time and will do so as the existing insurgents are killed off or captured.
There is no finite number of insurgents, hence it is not possible to eradicate them, a least not militarily. There would always be new ones joining their ranks. In a few years our troops might be facing the youths of many Arabian (and other) countries who have surged into Iraq to fill the vacuum left by the killing of more and more insurgents (and civilians). It is like a bottomless pit into which our own young soldiers are being sucked.
It is said that Americans can sell anything to anybody. Why not turn the "Problem Iraq" over to American advertising and marketing firms and American brainwashers. They should be able to convince the warring factions of Iraq to lay down their weapons. They could also persuade them to work together in rebuilding their country.

Erika Wanninger,


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