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  •  500 years from now, there will be new problems (none)
    500 years from now, there will also be 500 years more history. I wonder if 9/11 will get a mention. My guess is that the Iraq War won't. Frankly, it's not important enough, and there will be a scarcity of megabytes on their futuristic iBooks.

    On the other hand, I beleive we're at the beginning of a long period of worldwide theocratic rule and technological regression, which is a logical end of the existence of multiple religions and their unresolved conflicts, which can only be eliminated by the wholesale annhiliation of all other opposing viewpoints.

    That would probably get mentioned.

    •  I disagree (none)
      I think Iraq has had a longer-lasting effect on global political relations than you might not think. It isn't the huge, era-defining war like WWII, but it has certainly spelled a new start for international relations.

      You could see it as essentially the moment when the Cold War world alliances - Western Europe  + United States - split, with the United States assuming a unilateralist role with contempt for international institutions. Iraq has also put the limitations of American military power in perspective, and I believe will be seen in the longer-term as the moment when China decided it could actually take Taiwan sometime in the future.

      Iraq, I think, will also be seen as a tipping point for terrorism - while the War on Terrorism is nominally in response to 9/11, I think it's Iraq that will be seen as setting up the major conflict between Islamists and the West, and a major recruiting point for terrorism.

      I imagine that when they mention post-WWII wars, Iraq will rank with Vietnam for domestic US and international import.


      The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one - George Bernard Shaw

      by Mephistopheles on Wed Aug 31, 2005 at 02:22:55 AM PDT

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      •  My fear: 500 years from now just USA breaking (none)
        international laws of war will be mentioned (as start of who-knows-what now), Bush will be a foot note.  But the American people will be remembered as the pre-WWII Germans are: Some good Americans opposed the illegal invasion, but were not strong enough to influence the government.  In 100 years Bush and the Neocons may be identified; in 500, just us, folks.

        So, when we held our signs, "Not In My Name," we really meant it.  Because we individuals get lost in the collective for future generations.

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