(OPE-L) Re: Consequences of the war Against Iraq

From: gerald_a_levy (gerald_a_levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Mon Apr 28 2003 - 12:59:42 EDT

Re Paul B's post of April 24:

Thanks for the references.  Here's another article on the Project for the 
New American Century (PNAC) [sub-titled "Cheney's Monstrous Scheme"] http://www.prisonplanet.com/analysis_louise_010603_pnac.html 

One likely consequence of the war will be a *permanent US military
presence in Iraq*.  The White House has already said that they would 
like to establish 6 or more permanent military bases in Iraq. This would
give the US government the ability to rapidly deploy its forces in other
countries in the Middle East and nearby countries in Asia and Africa.
Even if the "road map" (whatever it is) is followed for Palestinian 
statehood, Palestine would then be surrounded with a huge Israeli
military presence primarily to the East and a US presence to the South.
The US could then invade or just threaten to invade Lebanon, Syria,  
Palestine, etc. in search of "terrorists" and the governments who "condone" 
their presence (and, as we know from Afghanistan, the Bush administration's
post 9-11 stated policy is that governments which harbor terrorists should 
be treated as if they were themselves terrorist).  

The US administration has said that they wish to 'negotiate' the 
presence  of these military bases with the new Iraqi government. 
But, since the US will control who will be in the new Iraqi government,
the 'negotiation' will be a farce.

What will happen, looking ahead a few years (?), when there are
'democratic' elections in Iraq?  It would be naive to think that the US
will allow an Islamic fundamentalist political party to come to power
-- yet many believe that such a party could get the votes needed to win 
such an election.  Similarly, I doubt that the US will allow the Iraqi
Communist Party (which at one point in the 1950's, before Saddam,
was the largest political party in Iraq) to have a significant role in a
new government whatever people want.  My guess is that the US
authority will declare certain political parties to be supportive of
"terrorism" and ban them.  This would, however,  de-legitimize any
'democratic' election from the standpoint of the Iraqi masses.

In solidarity, Jerry

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