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 U.S. Wins the War...

 

(30 April, 2003) - U.S. wins the war but may lose the peace, as events unfold following the Iraq War. Once again, in the tradition of attempts to remove Ghadaffi of Libya, the 1990 Gulf War, and the search for Osama bin Laden, the U.S. went to war against one man and missed.

Americans are now labouring under staggering budget deficits, a byproduct of President Bush's extreme tax cuts and a determination to treat the troubleshoots of the world like the Death Row in a Texas prison. Is it deja vu all over again? His father had the highest personal popularity of any president in history, immediately following the first Iraq war. But the economy did him in. After the adventure, the bills have to be paid. George H.W. Bush fell under the Bill Clinton steamroller.

Meanwhile, in London, Prime Minister Tony Blair, will have to explain the phantom "weapons of mass destruction," and, therefore, the urgency of sacrificing British lives.

Removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power is undoubtedly a blessing for mankind, but will this villain join the long list of American targets who seem never to be found?

If such a thing can be said with a clear conscience, it was a better war than what has been the case in recent history. The military effort was surgical. There was far less collateral damage than what had become standard practice and, therefore, far less loss of innocent lives.

But the disturbing modern trend - principally American - is to be so obsessed with the political downfall of one's own casualties, wars are fought by machines lobbing lethal weapons indiscriminately at vaguely defined targets. The first Iraq War, Afghanistan, some of the African horror stories and the Balkan wars rank among the most ignominious chapters of history. The wanton devastation wrecked upon civilian populations, all in the interests of getting western pilots and mechanized warfare specialists back to a hot meal and a warm bed each night, was shameful in the extreme.

A separate issue - but part of the same cowardly syndrome of launching bombs and running for cover - is the propensity to kill each other and your allies.

The aftermath of the latest Iraq war may not be kind to either President Bush or Prime Minister Blair.

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