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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Sunday, January 16, 2005


Okay, this is just ugly! Joseph Farah, writing for the World Net Daily News, wonders the following in an article about Iraq: It's time to ask, bluntly, whether self-government can work for people not operating within a Judeo-Christian worldview. Ehh, Yeah! Turkey comes to mind. India comes to mind. Japan comes to mind. Taiwan. South Korea. Indonesia- an islamic country- seems to be doing just fine as well. Ohh, and his soloution for the Iraqi problem? This is why I believe the best solution for these nations is to break them up into smaller states. Iraq is an artificial country. It was a creation of the imperial powers of the 20th century. Its borders were arbitrarily drawn on maps for reasons that have little to do with the best interests of the populace. It seems self-evident to me that smaller nations, with homogeneous populations, have a much better chance of maintaining freedom and avoiding volatile internal conflict. Smaller nations are much less likely to attack their neighbors. Well , the bigger ones will attack the smaller ones if they have, ehh, something the bigger ones may want. A Natural resource of some kind. Like Oil perhaps? If they divide Iraq between the Shia, the sunnis and the Kurds, they will dooming at least one country to be poorer then the other two. One of them may find it necessary to attack its oil-rich neighbour, with Kurdistan being a perfect victim for that with their complete lack of anything resembeling a modern day military against the battle trained and better armed and equiped Sunnis and Shia. It is not that hard to imagine a leader from one of those two countries waging a war to Unify Iraq; after all that was Saddam's excuse for invading Kuwait. He claimed- some even say believed- that Kuwait was a part of historical Iraq and therefore should be annexed. Not to mention, can you imagine the outcry across the arab world against it? How they will scream that the US is following the footsteps of the british and french colonials who originally cut and crafted the borders of the majority of the modern arab world's countries? Next thing you will tell me, Joseph, that this is a reasonable soloution for the Blue state/ Red state divide! They have a word to describe such a soloution Joseph and it's called a "Cop-Out".


At 1/16/2005 06:28:00 AM, Blogger Josie said...

The ONLY thing I agreed with this guy on is that people need to understand the dangers of pure democracy... which is why the US is a Republic. The rest of what he said is bunk.

At 1/16/2005 09:36:00 AM, Blogger Louise said...

Well, at least Canada my have a more equitable population distribution, and a warmer climate to go to in the winter. That last bit is somehow rather appealing to me right now. We're in the middle of our annual -57 C "with the windchill factor" mid-winter phase right now. I may have a different opinion in April.

At 1/16/2005 10:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesusland! Now that is funny! lol


At 1/16/2005 11:41:00 PM, Blogger Kat said...

I never read the world net daily. they are right up their with counter punch and the enquirer. full of crap and I wouldn't use their stuff to line my dogs kennel with.


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