Tuesday, April 14, 2009
What Happens After The Americans Leave?
What happens after he leaves?
I was listening to a conversation on Paltalk the other day about how a post-U.S. invasion Iraq may look. One person suggested that Iraq will "go back to the way it was before the invasion."
Perhaps, after the coalition troops withdraw, some Iraqis will pine for the Saddam days. When, although there was a tyrant at the helm, they didn't have to fear lawlessness.
Patrick Cockburn, writing in Counterpunch, the online political newsletter, reports that insurgent Sunnis-turned-coalition allies fear retribution once the U.S. troops depart.
Cockburn reports that there've already been attacks against the Sunnis by a weakened al Qaeda in Iraq. And the fear is that those attacks will be stepped up once Old Glory is lowered for the final time.
The United States owes the Sunni Awakening Council peacemakers who are already being targeted some sense of security once the troops withdraw. Let's hope the Obama administration recognizes this responsibility and has factored their vulnerability into its withdrawal plans.
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