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Don't Want To Make That Mistake

An Iraqi sheikh who doesn't want to make the same mistake the Vietnamese did:

"One thing Sheikh Sattar keeps saying is he wants al-Anbar to be like Germany and Japan and South Korea were after their respective wars, with a long-term American presence helping ... put them back together," MacFarland said. "The negative example he cites is Vietnam. He says, yeah, so, Vietnam beat the Americans, and what did it get them? You know, 30 years later, they’re still living in poverty."
Posted by Rand Simberg at February 22, 2007 01:04 PM
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And don't forget the cautionary example of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick.

Posted by Paul Dietz at February 22, 2007 01:18 PM

So far the occupation hasn't resulted in much
improvement in life for the iraqi's.

Posted by anonymous at February 22, 2007 06:34 PM

I daresay the current fighting in Iraq is a lot easier on the general Iraqi population than the fighting during the Iran/Iraq war!

Saddam's idiocy forced the Iraqi people into three wars with the outside world. Good thing for the Iraqi people that Saddam didn't survive the third one.

Posted by Brad at February 22, 2007 11:53 PM

Not much good A.M.? Doesn't that depend ENTIRELY upon the region in Iraq that you happen to be talking about. Northern Iraq's quality of life has soared...but I suppose you don't count them because they're actually DOING SOMETHING to capitalize on the end of a dictatorship.

Posted by CJ at February 23, 2007 11:47 AM

Let me know when the car bombs stop in kirkuk

Posted by anonymous at February 23, 2007 06:10 PM

That's just ONE city sparky. Wake the heck up and READ.

Posted by CJ at February 27, 2007 10:31 AM

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