whiterook's blog

Iraq & Iran Initiatives--"THE PLAN"

On January 29, 2007, a group of concerned North Carolinians met in Washington with our NC congressional members to discuss the war in Iraq and the possible escalation into Iran. This effort was organized by United for Peace and Justice (www.unitedforpeace.org), a national organization.

The most alarming theme in these conversations was the confession from our representatives that they often feel essentially irrelevant in decisions about how and where our government imposes military intervention in other countries--Iraq in particular. Expressed fear regarding the threat of impending intervention in Iran was disconcerting.

Our representatives need our help! They asked us to urge people in North Carolina to get involved and express their views. Many of us may feel as powerless as our representatives admit feeling at times, with alarming changes in the process of government becoming commonplace. Yet the opportunity to build on the results of the November elections and our unique circumstances in North Carolina provide a positive foundation for effectiveness. Three initiatives will help ensure success:

Iraq and Iran Initiatives

In the months prior to the invasion of Iraq, I inquired of a German friend his thoughts on the matter. His unequivocal negative response included the terms “power vacuum” and “civil war” — a stark contrast to my (and most American’s) ignorance of the region’s history and culture.

We have since come to know that unreliable and discredited sources provided faulty intelligence to the administration, while US intelligence agents, diplomats, and Middle East experts who opposed the military intervention were ignored or suffered reprisals. The invasion was carried out without a plan to secure order in the streets, protect infrastructure, deal with existing Iraqi police/military personnel and protect existing military supplies and arms. Corruption and war profiteering have been the rule, not the exception. In the rush to war, military personnel were sent to their deaths and others to endure life-altering injuries without proper protective equipment. Private contractors along with our military have killed over 650,000 Iraqi citizens, limited electrical, water and sewer capacities, and created enough ill will to last generations. Despite years of our intervention, prospects for a stable “democratic” government in Iraq remain highly uncertain.

Subscribe to RSS - whiterook's blog