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Chan Lowe: U.S. combat troops leave Iraq


It’s a nightmare: a nation divided; a populace unable to move past its ethnic and sectarian differences; a central government paralyzed and powerless to lead a country; demagogues stirring up unrest…at least we Americans have a tradition of respect for the rule of law to fall back on when we find ourselves on the ropes like this.

Imagine what it’s like for the Iraqis…it has been said that they are such a fractious people that only a strong man along the lines of a Saddam Hussein could rule them, using fear as his enforcer.

Since Iraqi culture and thought have not been steeped in the nurturing humanistic broth of the European Enlightenment, any attempt to superimpose a framework of democratic government upon that country is like casting seeds on barren ground, so they say.

Moreover, their sense of tribal and sectarian identity is more deeply rooted than their concept of being a citizen of an Iraqi nation; consequently a central constitutional government will never gain legitimacy in the public mind.

Maybe what they’ll finally come up with is a uniquely Mesopotamian amalgam of government by the people and government by dictator, benevolent or otherwise.

Whatever. We’re outta there. What a tragedy that we had to go in at all.

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Jon Stewart tagged it years ago: MESS-opotamia. Sadly true of the cradle of civilization.

Mission Accomplished- The War is Over...Where are the parades ? Dancing in the streets ? Front-Page headlines ? The war is over....REALLY ??
52,000 non-combat soldiers still there...1000,000 contractor/mercenaries...The infrastructure in ruins. Lucky to have electricity for 3 to 5 hours a day. Only 37% of homes are connected to a sewer system.
Things are not all bad there.... A $700 million embassy---largest & most expensive ever built. Have their own power, water plants, waste water treatment. No oil lamps used there.! ! Makes the Vatican look like a summer cottage.
Of course it's called The Green Zone-----
Because that's the color of money...Haliburton & Kuwait aren't complaining...They got richer & richer, used captive Asian & Egyptian workers...( treating them like slaves, and in labor camps.)
Well- At least when the last truck rolled out, no one had to say---"Remember to turn out the lights."

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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