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Friday, April 07, 2006

U.S. wants civil war

Sometimes I think the U.S. wants a civil war in Iraq. That might explain the appearance of total incompetence. I’ve heard the theory that U.S. foreign policy only appears incompetent, when actually everything is going exactly according to plan. Perhaps they considered using a neutron bomb, but they knew that would be politically unpopular here at home, so they pitted the Sunnis against the Shiites. Today’s bombing killed 79, higher than the average of 50 deaths per day in Iraq. If that number ever exceeds 300, it would be comparable to the U.S. Civil War. I arrived at 300 as follows:
2005 Iraq population: 26,074,906
1860 U.S. population: 31,400,000
26,074,906 / 31,400,000 = 83%
365 days per year * 4 years = 1,460 days of U.S. Civil War
560,000 deaths / 1,460 days = 384 deaths per day during U.S. Civil War
384 * 83% = 319, rounded down to 300.

3 Comments:

At Sat Apr 08, 10:24:00 PM CDT, Blogger Ted Wong said...

After the first Gulf War I remember reading an article about American foreign policy in the Middle East. The long and short of the docterine was that it was in the U.S.'s best interest if we could consistently promote and promulgate tension and unrest in the region. In summary it highlighted the fear that if Islamic nations were ever able to find common ground amongst each other they'd form a powerful alliance that would bring another superpower into being to challenge U.S. interests.
According to the article this mantra goes back as far as the end of WW II. The formation of the Israeli state was seen as the centerpiece of a strategy that'd help bring about upheavel in the region for generations to come.

 
At Sun Apr 09, 01:43:00 PM CDT, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

I was going to paste in the 1948 George Kennan "Luxury of Altruism" quote, but now I find that the context is more complicated:

http://www.swans.com/library/art11/ga192.html

Still, "...We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction..." doesn't sound good.

 
At Sun Apr 09, 03:24:00 PM CDT, Blogger Sheryl said...

I think things are going to plan, but maybe not in the way you mean it.

I think the weapons contractors are all profiteering and getting richer and richer while they crater our economy to do it.

The plan in Iraq is destroy and create because that is a perpetual cycle. It never ends until they bankrupt the US and China. The latter because it is currently propping up the US's economy.

I don't think things in life ever go entirely according to plan. There are too many variables to consider, but all they are really worried about is short term profiteering. We just need to make sure that once they gut this country suffiently that we bomb the hell out of the Caymen Islands or whereever the golden parachutes land.

 

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