Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Oscar night in Baghdad

By Pepe Escobar
Asia Times

"Hollywood's take on the Iraq War, The Hurt Locker, swept Sunday's Oscars. Who will emerge victorious from Iraq's elections is less clear. Washington favors former premier Iyad Allawi - once an intelligence asset - over the Shi'ite incumbent aligned with Iran, Nuri al-Maliki. But ultimately it seems that as long as Maliki can hasten the Americans' exit, he will emerge triumphant......

Once again the unintended - or, as a matter of fact, intended - end result of Washington's "Western liberal democracy" imposed by the barrel of a gun will be sectarianism. The specter of civil war in Iraq will remain - much to the delight of Washington's full spectrum dominance crowd, which would love nothing better than a balkanization of Iraq to enfeeble both Iraq and Iran......"

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