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Updated: 2014-10-16T18:19:23.703-07:00


Here's something interesting from 10-1:""BASRA, Ir...


Here's something interesting from 10-1:

""BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Residents of Iraq's southern city of Basra have begun strolling riverfront streets again after four years of fear, their city much quieter since British troops withdrew from the grand Saddam Hussein-era Basra Palace.

Political assassinations and sectarian violence continue, some city officials say, but on a much smaller scale than at any time since British troops moved into the city after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Mortar rounds, rockets and small arms fire crashed almost daily into the palace, making life hazardous for British and Iraqis alike in Iraq's second-largest city. To many Basrans the withdrawal of the British a month ago removed a proven target.

"The situation these days is better. We were living in hell ... the area is calm since their withdrawal," said housewife Khairiya Salman, who lives near the palace.

Civil servant Wisam Abdul Sada agreed. "We do not hear the sounds of explosions which were shaking our houses and terrifying our women and children," he told Reuters.""

Sirocco,Here is some further food for thought(long...



Here is some further food for thought(long post):

He covers a lot of what you have seen, but adds another positively incredible stat:

Iraqi Deaths from al Qaeda Suicide Bombings:

July <500
August >700
September <100

It appears that al Qaeda is quickly losing the ability to cause mischief on the scale thay once could.

And yes, we need to get something from the Iraqi government as well.

Heh ... I've read Sharansky. I've also, somewhere ...


Heh ... I've read Sharansky. I've also, somewhere in my past, written a graduate research paper which discussed the propensity (or lack thereof) of Democracies engaging in wars against other Democracies.

One problem with this, though, is democracies have generally been Western European, either in actuality or in cultural inheritance, meaning there have been a lot of shared ties between these nations which help limit the possibility of engaging in wars with each other.

There is no guarantee (and I think it's actually quite questionable) that should, for example, a number of true Arabic democracies arise that this somehow would work as a significant barrier to these same nations entering into war with Israel (or even with each other, along the Sunni-Shiite divide).

That's not to say we shouldn't encourage Democracy -- to paraphrase Churchill, it's the worst form of government, except for all the others (As an aside, I don't really agree with this -- IMO, a truly benevolent, enlightened dictatorship is the best form of government, but it has issues of sustainability). Mind you, I don't think promoting Democracy via the bayonet is the best, most efficient way to go about it.

You & I will never agree on this. But if you do g...


You & I will never agree on this. But if you do get a chance, read that book, Natan Sharansky "The Case for Democracy"'s not pro- or anti- war, just a great read, he states that it is nearly impossible for Democracies to engage in wars with other people have a voice & they don't want to fight unless they have to fight.