“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, October 30, 2006

Getting Advice on the Fleeting Iraqi Dream?

Events and circumstances are looking very glum for President Bush's dream of a "free and democratic Iraq." Day by day more voices are declaring that unless something changes, the President will be thwarted.

From the Washington Times article:
Adnan Pachachi, the old (83) wise man of Iraq, who served as foreign minister (1965-67) and is now a member of the new Iraqi parliament, demonstrated this week how not to lose it. To begin with, he recommended major changes in the 5-month-old Iraqi government still trusted by President Bush. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's team, said Mr. Pachachi, "includes many ministers with close links to the militias, the death squads and other terrorist groups." In a Financial Times piece, Mr. Pachachi added, "We would delude ourselves if we believed such a government could be effective in fighting terrorism and sectarian violence."
A hard-nosed geopolitician, Mr. Pachachi advocated negotiations with insurgents who are willing to be integrated in the political process, as well as quid-pro-quo talks with Iran, Syria and other neighbors with a view to ending their interference. But this can only happen, he explained, "with a competent government untainted by militia connections and enjoying the people's trust," which could clean up the security forces.
With the Iran-backed and -funded Shi'ite militia now in the driver's seat, a withdrawal of the U.S.-led coalition forces would quickly translate into a meltdown of law and order and the disintegration of a unitary state into feuding fiefdoms ruled by warlords. Militia armies would be at each other's throats.
Mr. Pachachi says it is time to update the composition and mandate of the multinational forces by bringing in fresh troops from Asian, European, Arab and Muslim countries. After what the leaders of these new prospects have been watching 24/7 on CNN, FOX, BBC and Al Jazeera, one would have to conclude the chances of new military participants range from zero to nil.

The Muslim countries would do well to take up Pachachi's suggestion and get on board with the peace keeping. It would be costly, yes, but cheaper than doing nothing.

Hattip Habu:


  1. Whit, I think the fear in countries such as Egypt and Saudi is that they lose control of these expeditionary armies when they are outside of their borders. Factor that into the equation and the list of likely candidates gets very short.

    Region in danger if Iraq stability efforts fail -- Al-Dabbagh
    KUWAIT, Oct 31 (KUNA) -- Iraqi government spokesman Ali Al-Dabbagh warned Tuesday against the dangerous consequences of failing to bring stability to Iraq on the region as a whole, and called upon neighboring states to support his country politically and economically.

    Al-Dabbagh, who is in Kuwait to participate in the meetings of the International Compact with Iraq (ICI), said in a statement to the daily "Al-Qabas" that there were groups that used charitable work as a front to finance terrorist operations in Iraq.

    On the ICI meetings, he attributed their importance to international participation in efforts to aid Iraq.

  3. No Europeans are heading to Iraq, as military police. The Turks were rejected when they volunteered.

    There already are Iranian advisors in Iraq, they do not coordinate with US, their Goals are not the same.

    Who else is on the list of prospects for military intervention in Iraq, India, China?

    Perhaps the NorKs will send a battalion or two.

    The US has empowered its' Enemies in Iraq, who would follow US down the trail of tears we've blazed.

    Once again the US abandoned it's Indig allies, choosing, this go round, to fund, arm and train the Enemy. Mr Maliki has always been an Islamo-fascist in Mr al-Sadr's camp, why the surprise?

  4. While not directly connected to Iraq, the Palistinian situation mirrors the Administrations view of Islam, across the Mohammedan arc.

    "... According to Rice, "The great majority of the (Palestinian) people just want a better life. I just don't believe mothers want their children to grow up to be suicide bombers. I think mothers want their children to grow up to go to university. And if you can create the right conditions, that's what people are going to do."

    I asked if she just thinks this, or does she know it?

    "I think I know it," she said.

    "Do you think you know it because you want to believe it, or do you think you know it because of conversations with (them)?"

    Rice admits to having had "lots of conversations with Palestinians," but then added: "If human beings don't want a better future, don't want their children to grow up in peace and have opportunities, then none of this is going to work anyway."

    Exactly right. But their definition of "peace" and "opportunities" are different from ours. We cannot transpose (or impose) our morality on those who don't share it. And the propaganda, religious teachings and historical revisionism coming from every pore of the Palestinian structure convinces me they mean it and regard the State Department view over several administrations as self-delusional. ..."

    Or so says Cal Thomas spoke to bothe Mr Rumsfeld and Ms Rice. He has disseminated their views, the "true believers" are still obsessed with their "wink and nod" self projection delusions.

    Ms Rice knows the truth:
    "If human beings don't want a better future, don't want their children to grow up in peace and have opportunities, then none of this is going to work anyway."
    But refuses to adapt to that reality, as it is not pleasing to the cultured mind.

  5. DR has been on the beam since IA started blogging here.

    I tried throwing up wishes, he threw up facts.

    Did we screw the pooch DR or what?

    Good job throughout. I think this says more about our nation than we care to face. In face I don't think we'll face it.....until it's in our face.

    If I'm a national leader someplace on this planet I'm dialing China and Russia's number. USA is in the back of the roladex.

  6. I agree DR, when the sychophanizoids over at BC kept on him about being in a burqua, I had to laugh. Take DR at your own risk. Hats off to him.