Friday, July 28, 2006

How to get the U.S. out of Iraq

Discussing the challenges of our future involvement in Iraq, it seems apparent that we can't really improve on an impossible situation, yet at the same time, shouldn't totally abandon this fractured country in the tortured position we helped create. The United States, through our current administration, has managed to convert the sympathy of the world after 9-11 into considerable disrespect with our arrogance and incompetence in Iraq. So here's how we might get out and take care of an outstanding obligation as well.

We have owed the United Nations a substantial sum of money for many years. The amount ranges from $500 million to $2.o billion. Congress had said they would make a substantial downpayment a few years ago, but attached untenable stipulations. What we should do is make the full payment, plus interest immediately. We should send them a card apologizing for our arrogance and incompetence in nation building and in not working with them more - showing some sincere humility and let them know that we really do need them to take over with peacekeeping in Iraq.


Blogger Deirdre Helfferich said...

The purpose of the United Nations is to provide a way to avoid war. That is the whole reason it was founded. A legitimate vehicle to prevent debacles like the World Wars, before they get so huge, to prevent the conditions that require war. This means that issues related to the causes of war, such as famine, resource shortages, disease, poverty, ignorance, overpopulation, injustice, etc., all come under its purview. Prevention is vital, but once you need the cure, you've got to deal with that, too. But somehow, the UN is seen as a threat to the US, not a help. Tells you where the US is on the justice scale, if you ask me--or perhaps it's just got a short-range vision problem.

We need to fund the UN properly, pay up on our dues, and quit with the empire stuff.

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