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Posted by Ammianus Marcellinus on 03/30/02 - 22:30:28
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I regretfully decline to identify myself with the people who make Federal policy in this country.  I certainly have no plan as to whom is to replace Saddam as dictator of Iraq, nor do I have an exit plan for US troops projected to sit atop 20% of the globe's oil reserves, nor do I have a plan as to what the local balance of power is supposed to look like with a defeated Shia-majority Iraq sitting right next to a Shia-ruled Iran.  And I'm sure there's plenty of bad blood between them, which the US government helped along by providing weapons to both sides during the Iran-Iraq war.  (In fact, Saddam would have quit that war long before he did, had it not been for ample supplies of US weaponry.)

And I don't think I want to be held personally responsible for the embargo, which has only made Saddam's job easier...nor do I want to be held personally responsible for the State Department's failure to support the rebellion in Basra.

Nor do I think the Bush Administration wants to hear nor to consult my opinion about any of these things, given its penchant for election-rigging, secrecy, ideology, and interminable warfare.  So, sure, it would be nice to see Saddam Hussein replaced by the Tooth Fairy.  But someone much nastier is likely to replace him at any rate, and the Administration's planned invasion is likely to have lots more in the way of unforseen side effects, about which nobody is likely to consult _me_, nor any other supposedly-educated citizen.  A difficult situation, indeed.  I can't claim any big interest in stopping Bush, though, for all that it would be unproductive to do so.  Few are likely to take the long view, most will cheer on Saddam's anticipated end.  Have they found bin Laden yet?  So, for better or worse, I look forward to the day when my government will allow me to influence it.

In sum: although I think the country ought to be defended as much as the next guy, I don't think that that's what they're really doing out there in Iraq, nor in any other country they're invading.  And so I can't find it in my heart to call the Secret-Team-In-Chief "we."  There's me, I think, and them there's them, the colliding collection of conspiracies with the power of the Fates of classical mythology.

"2,000 years/ Of your God-damned glory." -Grace


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