Iraq: The Last Republican Hurrah
The Republican Party will not survive its invasion of
Iraq, its commitment to open borders, and its pandering
to preferred minorities.
An invasion of Iraq is likely the most
thoughtless action in modern history. It has the
support of only two overlapping small groups:
neoconservatives infused with the spirit of
18th century French Jacobins who want to impose
American “exceptionalism” on the rest of the world, and
foreign policy advisers who believe that the primary aim
U.S. foreign policy is to make the Middle East
safe for Israel.
No one else sees the point of the pending conflict.
Abroad there is no meaningful support. Nuclear powers
Russia and China are in opposition, as are NATO allies
Germany and France. The Bush administration is reduced
to boasting of support from Hungary and Poland.
What is the invasion all about? The administration`s
answer strains credulity: Iraq has weapons of mass
destruction that threaten the U.S. These weapons are yet
to be discovered by the UN inspectors who are combing
the country. The paucity of evidence caused the Bush
administration to declare a few
empty artillery shells found in a bombed out bunker
to be the evidence necessary to launch an invasion.
The back-up excuse is that Saddam Hussein is a
bad man. No doubt he is a
brute, but any secular ruler, who has to sit on
three separate groups (Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds) ready
to split Iraq apart, is likely to resort to harsh
With or without casualties, U.S. military forces can
overthrow Saddam Hussein. But what comes next? What
government takes over? How does that government
remain in power? How do we get out?
The American invasion of Afghanistan
radicalized politics in nuclear-armed Pakistan and
in Turkey. Will another American invasion of a Muslim
country further radicalize the Muslim Middle East? What
about Egypt? How stable are the secular rulers of the
Middle East sitting on Islamic populations?
Consider, too, that there are millions of Muslims
Europe and the
U.S. Many of these Muslims feel oppressed by the
European cultures in which they reside, and some of
the Muslims are radical. Remembering the trouble a few
IRA terrorists caused Britain, imagine the turmoil
if Muslims in Europe and North America go on the terror
If Bush needs a war, he should pick North Korea.
There are not a billion
North Koreans spread over the world to be stirred up
by an American invasion. If any country`s people are
mistreated and ready for liberation, North Korea`s are.
Unlike Saddam Hussein, the North Korean leader
explicitly threatens us with bellicose statements and a
visible nuclear weapons program.
Attacking Iraq will destabilize the Middle East. It
will also confirm the propaganda picture of the Arrogant
American Hegemon drawn by Muslim leaders and by
anti-American intellectuals in Europe and North America.
“Regime change” is a
dangerous concept, particularly when
neoconservatives are declaring their intentions of
changing every Middle Eastern regime and deracinating
Islam as well. These expressed intentions have
radicalized Pakistani general Aslam Beg, previously
a voice of moderation. Last week he called for an
immediate Pakistani military alliance with Iran in order
to protect their nations from the Bush Doctrine, which
he compares to Hitler`s legitimization of “war as a
weapon of national policy.”
President Bush can increase U.S. subsidies to
Pakistani President Musharraf, but when Musharraf`s own
mentors and geostrategists define the U.S., not India,
as Pakistan`s dangerous enemy, it is powerful evidence
that the Middle East is being destabilized by the “get
the Muslims” claque.
An American invasion of Iraq can succeed easily, but
the aftermath can go terribly wrong. When it does,
Democrats will hold the neoconservatives and the
Republicans responsible. The same media that is helping
Bush whip up war against Iraq will help Democrats whip
up war against Bush.
While President Bush prepares to violate Iraq`s
borders, our own are being overrun by people who are
legally defined by the federal government as “preferred
minorities.” The “preferred” designation means that
new immigrants, legal or illegal, by basis of skin
color are preferred to native-born white people in
federal contracting, private employment and
promotions. This unconstitutional policy of reverse
discrimination against native-born whites has been
growing in magnitude for almost four decades, and
no administration has done anything to stop it.
Sooner or later whites will wake up to the
realization that they are being marginalized in their
own country, and they will cease to support the two
political parties that have marginalized them.
It wasn`t Saddam Hussein who made white Americans
second class citizens in law. And it is not Saddam
Hussein who is
overrunning our borders. Bush finds it easier to go
to war than to deal with the attacks on American
identity at home.
Craig Roberts is the author with Lawrence M. Stratton of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice. Click
here for Peter
Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent
epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.