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The Independent SEPTEMBER 23, 2005 - by Brian Eno
IN IRAQ, US REPEATS FOLLY OF THE PAST
Sir: In your analysis you list as the fourth, and most likely, option, "Stay for the long haul".
Is it starting to occur to other people too that this might have been the intention from the beginning? This would explain why America is now building four huge military bases in Iraq, with high walls and shopping malls. It would also make strategic sense for them. A nice big military boot-print would project American force right to the heart of the Arab world. And as for the "mess", why, if those walls are high enough, you can just let the natives slug it out among themselves.
My feeling is that the Coalition doesn't want a way out. It wants reasons for staying.