"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."-Winston S. Churchill

"The wandering scholars were bound by no lasting loyalties, were attached by no sentiment of patriotism to the states they served and were not restricted by any feeling of ancient chivalry. They proposed and carried out schemes of the blackest treachery."-C.P. Fitzgerald.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

An odd and an end.... 


Riverine patrol on the Tigris

With the passing of al-Hakim, and the agitation in some quarters of Iraqi Shi'a society against the Americans, I thought that this Leader from today's Times of London is a strategic analysis of where we stand politically. I was not able to get a hard connection to the Times itself, but it was reposted on FreeRepublic.com. It is definitely worth a read.

I find myself in great sympathy with the opinions of the Times editorial staff, which I find to be a rather refreshing contrast to its cousin, the New York Times. Unlike most of the media, the editors indicate that it is not in any conceivable Shi'a interest to drive the Americans out. However, what is coming will be an arrangement not unlike what is happening in Iraqi Kurdistan, where the locals run their own affairs and have a militia, the Peshmergha. The paper also properly discounts much of the Pentagon vs. State conflict that is going on here in the states, emphasizing a difference in emphasis rather than a difference in grand strategy.

Must to bed. Enjoy the war.

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