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Iraq: considerably worse than the office party

15 May 2005

More grief in Iraq this week, as it was reported that there have been 67 bomb attacks in the last month. Foreign insurgents have been blamed, but as the battle for Fallujah suggested, Iraqis seem perfectly happy to do a bit of extreme bloodletting themselves.

What's grimly amazing is the sheer appetite of the Iraqi 'resistance' for death. They're happy (well, not exactly 'happy') to blow themselves up, kill their own people indiscriminately, and, of course, kill the Americans and British and anyone who supports them. They're really not getting bored of all this.

This isn't how it was meant to work out. The Iraqi army was meant to be shocked and awed into total submission, the Ba'athists sidelined, the whole country quickly on the road to democracy and the gradual reshaping of the Middle East to begin.

It all sounded great on paper. Just cast your mind back to The Project For the New American Century (www.newamericancentury.org). This piece of neo-con 'blue skies thinking' essentially holds that it's in everyone's interests for America to forcefully further its own interests. NAC claims to be:

'A non-profit educational organisation dedicated to a few fundamental principles, that American leadership is good for both America and the world, and that leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principles.'

At a simplistic level this is true. Anyone in their right mind would prefer to live in a liberal democracy, even under scaremongering, warmongering, Godmongering Bush, than in a dictatorship. But what the neocons refuse to accept, even after Vietnam, is that things rarely work out exactly according to plan - and sometimes they fuck up in spectacular style.

What must the neocons think about Iraq? What goes on in their heads? How do they sleep at night? Most of us are mortified when we get pissed and make fools of ourselves at the office party. But it kind of pales into insignificance when you compare it with destabilising an entire country.

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