nutty_bag said:I would say that the main problem here was the rush to overthrow Saddam without thinking of the consequences afterwards. I.E winning the peace. I read somewhere (try to find thread) that there was nowhere in the game plan after the invasion for keeping law and order and winning the hearts and minds of the population. A major flaw in U.S strtegy in Vietnam. To me this now seems like an afterthought/oversite of all armed forces concerned in this war. With the growing mistrust between the religious groups and the major problem of insurgents, this indeed should have been one of the most important aspects of the invasion.
The minute they disarmed the Iraqi army is when they made the mistake and allowed the pillaging to take place...if they had of been smart they would have immediately created units of the Iraqi army to provide security throughout Baghdad, I would be willing to bet, that the vast majority of the army had no stomach to fight and proved it by how fast they rolled over, that should have told the Military brass that they could have used these troops to supplement the US/UK forces.
I still believe IMHO even after everything is said and done that these people cannot grasp the concept of "democracy", they are tribal and it will be eons before they can set aside petty differences and work together, this is why there is a civil war there now.
I can see a UN Peacekeeping mission coming up akin to Cyprus, split right down the middle with a buffer zone to keep the Shia's and Sunni's apart, or why not split the country into three parts...Kurds to the North (will really piss off the Turks) and the other two factions can split the South..there will never be a democracy as we know it in Iraq, and if we were smart, we should have made a right turn on the Baghdad highway and headed straight for Tehran, that's where the problem exists... :evil:
just my 0.02 Cdn (before exchange).. :lol: