Saturday, March 04, 2006

Contra Juan Cole

Diana Moon questions the assertion that "Iraqis" do not naturally suffer from ethnic strife.

This is an argument often used by Juan Cole to support his thesis that most of the problems in Iraq stem directly from western intervention, and not from problems with the Iraqis themselves.

Although I agree that political/military intervention in the Middle East is a bad idea, I think that part of the reason why it is bad is because of pre-exidting problems that we don't understand and don't know how to deal with.

So, in short, I am going with Ms. Moon on this one.

That is all.

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