Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Via AFP in Le Monde:

The war in Iraqi will last decades and a pullout of British troops from the country is highly unlikely without a change in London's policies towards Washington, affirms the British NGO Oxford Research Group. Given that the al-Qaeda movement and its affiliated groups are seeking to achieve their objectives over decades rather than years, it is likely that without a major change in US policies, the war in Iraq will last an equivalent span of time. A US pullout would be a political disaster greater than Vietnam says the group, which add that the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a gift to al-Qaeda, which has permitted it to recruit men by painting the American presence in Iraq to a Christian occupation of a Muslim land.

Assuring the security of Iraq and the presence of a friendly government there is an essential element in American geostrategic policy; it requires a permanent military presence in the county. This will also allow the United State long-term access to the region's oil, essential to the US's increasing dependence on foreign oil.


Blogger ziz said...

Plausible but simplistic. Assumes alot about public acceptance and acquiescence. Russians still want the oil on the contracts that saddam made with them , Vagit Alekperov will not give in easily.

The new Mig is impressing the Arab / Asian world.

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