A perspective from Perth, Western Australia

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Political/news rant

Political/news rant
Part 1 - According to ABC Radio, it would seem that freedom fighters are the least of the US troops' worries in Iraq. Report says that "gorillas...are forming together in units of two and three and attacking sporadically". Some of them are coming down from the mountains, too.

Part 2 - Our REAL unemployment figure is not that which is quoted by the Government - something I've known for a long time but nice to see it making the news for once.

Part 3 - It seems that George Bush Sr predicted the trouble that has befallen Iraq in his 1998 autobiography. (There's quite a few issues with Jr's autobiography - check this out for an interesting read!)

I quote from the West Australian, Monday 10 November 2002, p17:

"Trying to eliminate Saddam...would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible.... We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq.... there was no viable "exit strategy" we could see, violating another of our principles." "We had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land."


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