Thursday, February 24, 2005

 

Just What I've Been Saying

In today’s USA Today Ralph Peters has an excellent column in which he echoes many of the things I have been saying here in critiquing the SAEN. Specifically, that no matter how wrong the “experts” have been about Iraq, time and time again, the SAEN keeps giving voice to their predictions of catastrophe:
No matter how well things go in Iraq, count on fresh predictions of catastrophe. First, the war was going to be a bloodbath. Next, the occupation was bound to fail. Then, Iraq's first free elections were going to be a disaster.
Held on schedule, the elections were remarkably successful. Iraqis risked their lives to cast ballots. Now the voices that have been wrong about everything else insist Iraq will become "another Iran."
That's dead wrong. Part of the problem is ignorance by some in the news media. Columnists write about the topic of the moment, whether they understand the subject or not. News shows fill segments with talking heads, few of whom have firsthand experience. Far more disheartening are partisans who would rather see Iraq fail miserably than allow the Bush administration a success. But Iraq will not become a second Iran.
Although a coalition backed by the senior Shiite clergy won nearly half the votes, Tehran won't dominate Baghdad. Iraqi Shiites have deep differences with their Iranian counterparts. The ethnic rivalry between Arabs and Persians predates the coming of Islam. Saddam Hussein trusted his Arab Shiite soldiers to fight their Iranian co-religionists.
Did Christianity unite Europe's hereditary enemies? Of course not.

Thanks Ralph, I couldn’t have said it better myself. The editors of the SAEN keep reporting predictions of catastrophe in Iraq and even Afghanistan, then focuses on bad news, and then when the facts on the ground prove them wrong they start all over again. What is it they say about somebody who doesn't learn from his or her mistakes?
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