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    April 12, 2003


    Been a long while since the last update, got caught up with work related pressures. But I've been following, with a LOT of shock the way the US and British troops have handled Baghdad after the city fell. It is absolutely impossible to believe that a military which didn't seem to try to avoid civilians being killed during the war (statements similar to Rajiv Gandhi's famous quote "When a big tree falls, the earth shakes" when he was asked about the murders, rapes and looting of Sikhs after Indira Gandhi's assassination) now says: "You cannot do everything instantaneously. It's untidy. And freedom's untidy. And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes.". That quote was by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in Washington yesterday. So freedom is untidy. Free people can make mistakes and commit crimes. Oh, and freedom is a good thing as well. I'm sure in a few more years freedom will be allowed to accumulate more weapons, torment more citizens, attack neighbours etc., all with the tacit approval of the US.

    Why cant an army which demolished an entire country in the space of 3 weeks take charge of the city and prevent the chaos? It is not in the US or the UK's best interest to do so. For if they did prevent the looting and Iraq came back to normalcy, it'd mean that the local brown men can actually rule their country themselves. After all, this is what pre WW II colonialism and Pax Britannica were all about! If the brown man can rule his land, then obviously the US and Britain are not welcome, and that is a totally unacceptable situation for the mighty power and his Robin.

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