ìHow the Iraqis See Their Future: An American departure could lead to slaughter. Some will take that chance.î By Ian Fisher, New York Times, 23 May, p. WK1.
Great article in NYTís Week in Review. It cites the field research of a political science student at U. of Baghdad, where he canvasses five poor neighborhoods in capital city.
Hereís the key passage:
ìThe answer that everyone gave was, ëItís been a year, and they have done nothing for us,íî he said. ìBut after that I asked, ëDo you want them to leave?í And they all said, ëNo. Itís going to be more chaotic.í I donít know if that is a contradiction as much as what I might call a weakness. Itís weakness and fear.îI would maintain that if you take down any dictator whoís been ruling over a severely isolated and brutalized population like Iraqís was under Saddam, this is the mix youíll find yourself operating in for quite some time afterwardsóweakness and fear. You beat a dog long enough and hard enough and thatís what you getóweakness and fear, but also anger and aggressiveness.
All of these responses were predictable to anyone whoís ever studied a Stalinist regime, which Saddamís truly was. Knowing this reality is waging war within the context of everything else, and not just acting like the brilliant takedown itself is going to do the trick for you in terms of instantly democratizing Iraq.
There will be no excuses next time.