Monday, October 08, 2007

The nightmare scenario

"Iraqis say Basra quieter after British troop pullout".

I know we've all been girding for some bloodletting when the white people British soldiers leave behind those savages innocent Iraqis, but it turns out that even Arabs can bring things under control if there isn't an occupying Army providing a target and motive for every crazy who "inherited" a few pounds of plastic explosive.

Of course, to some this is the nightmare scenario: if the Iraqis can bring things under control after a withdrawal of UK/US forces, it's possible they might be able to... do exactly the same thing elsewhere. That would seem to mean the last reason to stay in Iraq -- for the Iraqis own good, don't you see? -- is so much hot air, just like all the others.

Don't worry though, I'm sure Will Kristol can find another reason to stay.

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