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Wednesday, October 20

No, no a thousand times no!  

Via Juan Cole I see that Bush is showing that he does not understand even his own freedom is on the march justification for invading Iraq.
If free and open Iraqi elections lead to the seating of a fundamentalist Islamic government, "I will be disappointed. But democracy is democracy," Bush said. "If that’s what the people choose, that’s what the people choose."
Invade a secular dictatorship, kill the dictator and many civilians, allow civil war, jury-rig elections, populace installs sectarian dictatorship. This is the Greater Middle East Initiative? The logic of Bush's statement is akin to Rumsfeld's "free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things," kiss-off of the initial post-war turmoil that began our march toward the chaos that now rules Iraq. The entire purpose of Bush's radical (and to date disastrous) approach to the Middle East was to prevent any further extremist regimes from arising. Indeed, Iraq was to be the beacon of freedom that shook the fundamentalists from their seats of power. $200bn, 1,102 killed, 7,532 wounded, all so SCIRI can replace Saddam. Bang up job George.


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