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Iraq
2/14/2007 5:27:05 AM
Consequences

A great man and Philosopher once said, "man who fails to learn from History, is "CONDEMNED" to repeat it. His name was Voltaire. He died in exile but his prophecy of revolution was fulfilled.

Whether or not our leaders will ever learn is somewhat doubtful. They have not learned from the Vietnam experience, or the Russian experiences in Afganistan. The Russians fought for twelve years in Afganistan, against a people who not only belived in what they were fighting for, but were prepared to die for those beliefs. The Russian losses were horrific to say the least, and in the end they had no choice but to withdraw.

The same could be said about Vietnam. While I was booking my table for dinner after breakfast, expecting to be there to eat it. A Vietnamese peasant ate his bowl of rice, said goodbye to his family, and went out to die.

Iraq will be the same. Whenever there is a confrontation between Politics and Theocracy, especially radical Theocracy, politics will always come out second best. Sooner or later the Australian and American Voter will start to protest more strongly about what is going on. The coalition of the willing will have no choice but to withdraw. The civil war which is gaining momentum in Iraq will turn into full scale war. Politics and any fledgling Democracy wiil be thrown out the door and Iraq will end up as a She' ite Theocracy, just like Iran. Let's face it, the Shea outnumber the Sunni by about twenty to one.

I am not being a defeatist in this, I am being a realist and learning from History. I hope I am wrong, that things will change before many more young lives are lost in this unwinable conflict.

I also sincerely hope the the aftermath of Vietnam will not be repeated. That the people will greet returning servicemen and women, not as pariahs as in the past, but as the heroes that they truly are.



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More Blogs by Robin A Spicer
• Hmmm... - Tuesday, October 28, 2008
• As Time Flows By - Friday, June 08, 2007
• The Struggle - Wednesday, March 21, 2007
•  Iraq - Wednesday, February 14, 2007  
• Separation - Monday, February 05, 2007
• Wednesday - Wednesday, March 30, 2005
• Monday - Monday, March 28, 2005
• Kids - Saturday, March 26, 2005
• Sorrow - Tuesday, January 04, 2005
• Vale Barticus - Wednesday, October 06, 2004
• Politics - Friday, September 24, 2004
• Holidays, Rock Spiders and Discrimination - Tuesday, September 21, 2004
• Pontifications - Friday, September 17, 2004
• Ela'n Vitale - Saturday, August 28, 2004
• Sunday - Sunday, August 15, 2004
• Party and Thoughts - Saturday, July 31, 2004
• Disjointed Thought - Tuesday, July 27, 2004
• Why are we Waiting? and other Pontifications. - Monday, July 26, 2004
• The Death of the Bard - Sunday, July 25, 2004
• I'm Back - Wednesday, July 14, 2004
• Got my Motor Runnin - Tuesday, June 22, 2004
• Shopping and Debate - Saturday, June 19, 2004
• Thusday and Shopping - Wednesday, June 16, 2004
• Ho Hum - Tuesday, June 15, 2004
• My Brain Hurts - Saturday, June 12, 2004
• Today - Tuesday, June 08, 2004
• Oops! I did it again - Sunday, June 06, 2004
• Chaos - Friday, June 04, 2004
• Pot Pouri - Tuesday, June 01, 2004
• Thursdays, Shopping hell, and Assorted Sundries - Thursday, May 27, 2004
• Babies? and Sundries - Wednesday, May 26, 2004
• Another day passes - Tuesday, May 25, 2004
• Yesterday, Tomorrow - Monday, May 24, 2004
• April one - Wednesday, March 31, 2004
• Membership and assorted thoughts - Wednesday, March 31, 2004
• 15th - Saturday, February 14, 2004
• Heat - Thursday, February 12, 2004
• Sorrow - Wednesday, January 28, 2004
• The Aftermath - Friday, January 02, 2004
• Holidays - Tuesday, December 30, 2003
• Chaos Reigns - Monday, December 01, 2003
• Getting Well - Thursday, November 06, 2003
• Network - Monday, October 20, 2003
• Life Goes on - Monday, October 13, 2003
• Today - Wednesday, September 10, 2003
• I'm Back - Sunday, September 07, 2003
• Peace at last - Monday, July 14, 2003
• Battle Stations! - Thursday, July 10, 2003
• Trip - Friday, July 04, 2003
• Goodnight - Thursday, July 03, 2003


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