Iraq democracy is impossible

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 1:06 a.m.
When businessmen keep pouring money into a bad investment it is called "throwing good money after bad." When it involves war the tragedy is that it also involves the lives of young men and women.
There is no way that the United States can bring democracy to Iraq. With the possible exception of Lebanon, there is not a single Arab country that is a democracy. The Sunnis and the Shiites have hated each other since the seventh century; they will not stop in the next few months.
The trouble was compounded by the British and French after WWI, who drew national boundaries to suit themselves, not for the wishes of the inhabitants. This was the Sykes-Picot Treaty and the damage it caused continues to this day. Iraq was made up of three provinces of the old Ottoman Empire and became a "country" in 1920.
There are very smart men in the White House, but they are not wise. The wise ones - Colin Powell, Paul O'Neill, Gen. Shinseki, etc., - were pushed out because they were not "yes men." We have created a disaster; let us not make it worse.

Samuel I. Greenberg,


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