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The Sunday Morning Thinkpost - Gotcha.

Now that Hussein is captured... what next? Will the Iraqis suddenly embrace the US presence in their country? Will some new zealot step up and take the reins of hate and terror or will everything finally follow the Geo. W. script?

The problem with all of this is that people have made up their minds. Once you are hated, you stay hated. That's the basic mentality of the Iraqi people. You can hand over billions of dollars in aid, and it still won't change people's minds. In their heads, they still want you dead and they want dance on your grave. When you have so little, when you're an underdog, any victory like that is savored, like ice cold water at noon.

Is there anything that can be done? Aside from running that country like a prison camp, it's hard to say. Will fairness play a factor, or is this just the business of doing business with a country that has a lot of oil, and maybe doesn't know the value of it.

Finding Saddam out there in the desert is the nastiest needle in a horrible haystack. The Ace of Spades in a sand covered basement. Congratulations to those involved. It doesn't find Osama, though... And he was the one we had the direct problem with, a couple of years ago. But Osama didn't have all those refineries. He just had a plan and some caves to hide in, and a bunch of people covering for him.

War is hell. And this has been a little slice of hell. I have a sinking feeling that capturing Saddam really is the beginning of the troubles we'll have.

I sure hope I'm wrong.

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kisha
Dec. 14th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC)
And this has been a little slice of hell. I have a sinking feeling that capturing Saddam really is the beginning of the troubles we'll have.

That's EXACTLY what I'm thinking.
low_delta
Dec. 14th, 2003 08:22 am (UTC)
To be honest, I don't think it is going to change much. That's pure guess, though.
duffy61
Dec. 15th, 2003 08:55 am (UTC)
It certainly doesn't hurt Bush's marketing as a heroic, re-electable President.

But,

It doesn't change a damn thing, really.
annamaryse
Dec. 15th, 2003 11:50 am (UTC)
I don't think it's gonna make a giant amount of difference. He will be tried. CNN will run it all into the ground. More suicide bombers will come, this is gonna fester for a long time.
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