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    The election in Iraq demonstrated the courage of the Iraqi people if nothing else.
    But it may come to nothing more than another "turning point" - just as there were so many "turning points" in Vietnam. Things will get better as soon as Ngo Dinh Diem and Ngo Dinh Nieu are deposed. Things will get better as soon as we stand up the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, bomb the Ho Chi Minh Trail, interdict Haiphong, seal the border with Cambodia, etc. etc., etc. Each new Administration notion was trumpeted as a turning point and as each passed the situation on the ground became steadily worse.
    As others have already observed, the Iraq election will not cause the insurgents to lay down their arms or give up their goals. I would add that it will not cause the U.S. to suddenly reverse its wrongheaded reconstruction policies and turn that effort over to the Iraqis. It will not stop people from getting killed. It may not even guarantee a representative government since we have little to no idea who was actually elected.
    I hope I'm wrong.

    He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Nietzsche

    by dazedagain on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 09:21:34 AM PST

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