Monday, December 04, 2006

Bush Meets With Iraqi Shiite Leader

Is it possible that the United States is committing a human rights abuse by remaining in Iraq when the leaders have asked us to leave?
It talks about how the Iraqi Shiite leader is asking the US to leave so that peace can be restored. Bush claims that our presence needs to be increased due to a recent rise in violence. Is it possible that the rise is violence is due to our prolonged presence?
I think that the Iraqi people feel like the fight is between two groups of people and we are interfering in a civil war.


Malika said...

This is an interesting blog. I have often thought about the responsibility of the United States in Iraq. Now that Saddam it out, should the U.S. pull out as well? Indeed, are we commiting human rights abuses by staying? But, I have also thought about whether we are committing a human rights abuse by leaving. If we are of the opinion that Iraq is still not stable enough to stand on its own two feet without the presence of the U.S. does the U.S. have a responsibility to see it through till the point that it is stable enough?
Then again, are we going to stay for the same reasons we went in? If we stay, will it lead the world and Iraq to lose more faith than it already has in the credibility of the United States?

buckley said...

It is difficult to tell if the presence of the U.S. military in Iraq is exacerbating the conflict or suppressing the breakout of a full-scale civil war. I think it is important that we understand the nature of the conflict before we jump to the conclusion that the U.S. presence is increasing tensions in the area and, as Tristan puts it, leading to human rights abuses.
It is my belief that much of the violence in Iraq is the result of competing sects, primarily between the Shia and Sunnis in the center of the country. The violence that has emerged between these groups largely results in Iraqi casualties (due to the focus/goals of the militias). Conversely, much of the violence that is directed towards Coalition Forces stems from a very vibrant and active insurgency, which enters Iraq from the Al Anbar Province in the west and through Iran in the East.
The goals of the groups that are involved in these two distinctly different conflicts are what we should look at when evaluating the request of a Shia leader who comes to the U.S. and recommends a withdrawal of forces (not to mention that the Shites hold a majority in the government, in all branches of the Iraqi Security Forces, and occupy the land where most of Iraq’s oil is located).
Given this greatly oversimplified analysis of the conflict, I would conclude that the presence of Coalition Forces is not exacerbating the conflict. I cannot foresee Iraqi Security Forces obtaining the capability to operate, even at the most basic logistical level, within Coalition support in the region.