"Without fuel, they were nothing. They built a house of straw. The thundering machines sputtered and stopped. Their leaders talked and talked and talked. But nothing could stem the avalanche. Their world crumbled. The cities exploded. A whirlwind of looting, a firestorm of fear.
Men began to feed on men. On the roads it was a white line nightmare. Only those mobile enough to scavenge, brutal enough to pillage would survive. The gangs took over the highways, ready to wage war for a tank of juice."
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So does it bother you that people in Iraq are now demonstrating in the streets? Wait, didn’t we set up a democracy there? Democracy is the perfect form of government. What more do these people want? Oh…water, food and electricity. Those things aren't inherent in a democratic state.
So what exactly did we do while we were there? Why don’t the Iraqi citizens have adequate access to the basic needs of human survival? Why does a country so oil rich have problems affording enough food for its population?
Well, dear reader, I'm here to totally flub it up for you. I'm flying by the seat of my pants after all. I'm not a professional political analyst or even an amateur pundit. I just see what I see and make judgments based on the laws of nature that I've witnessed in my 37 years on the planet.
We spent how many years in Iraq? We're the most powerful economic, military and cultural entity on earth. What the blue blazes were we doing all that time? I mean, I understand we were getting blown up by IEDs and driving our humvees around a lot, but didn’t we have experts on hand to help those poor desert dwelling nomads put together some semblance of a civilization. For crying out loud! It’s the Fertile Crescent!
We're investing at least $18 billion in reconstruction in Iraq, and most likely we're well on our way to $100 billion. Some of those projects happen to be water treatment plants and such. And then we've obviously started to invest in OUR interests in Iraq. I mean, we do have interests in oil there, right? Who would argue that point? I can't find a decent breakdown of the dollars flowing there, and it may be because of my incompetent stirring of the interweb and not because those numbers aren’t there. He is a piece of flotsam that is interesting: http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=51965370
And then there are the parking lot vultures.
If the Iraqis aren't happy with all that we've done for them then maybe we should just take our stuff and leave. We don’t need friends like them anyway. What oil?! That was ours! We brought it with us! How dare you accuse us of stealing!
Anyway, the Middle East is a ready to blow. The US assumes they all want democracy so we'll continue to give them advice. Of course our advice is laced with subliminal messages saying "We need your oil. We need your oil. You WILL give us your oil" while we do the Jedi hand wave thing. Remember Watto? He was the Toydarian? Jedi Mind Tricks didn’t work on him. He was a desert dweller too. Jabba, he was a Hutt, a desert gangster. Jedi Mind Trick? Didn't work.
It might be time to get out of the sandbox and park the SUV for awhile.