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Friday, August 29, 2003

Just a brief entry, quoting the latest Charlie Reese column, which is dead-on accurate about our continuing problems in Iraq:

If you think it is irrational for the Iraqis to blame us for having no power and no water and not the saboteurs, then, my friend, you are not ready for the Middle East. There is a story about a scorpion that begged a frog to carry him across a river. The frog at first refused, saying the scorpion would sting him. "Don't be silly," said the scorpion. "If I sting you, I'll drown, too." The frog gave in and started across the river. The scorpion stung him. Just before they both drowned, the frog said, "Why?" "Well," said the scorpion, "this is the Middle East."

I have never believed from Day One that we could impose a democratic government on Iraq. Iraq is a hard place to govern. As one Iraqi put it, every time a good guy tried to govern the country, they killed him pretty quickly. I suspect in the end we will get frustrated, appoint our own dictator and leave. The question is how many lives and how many billions of dollars it will cost before Washington's neoconservatives have all their misconceptions smashed on the rocks of reality.

You can read the entire column by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

More later!

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