under the linoleum
tale for our times
years of bombing the Arabs
all over again
tragic inevitability of a forlorn hope
loiter near the exit
Bush sponsors an Iranian government in Baghdad
28 December 2005
Sometimes I get a little rush of missing persons business over the Christmas season, but this time, everything went dead. I was pottering around the office sorting old files when Joadja and Old Possum came up with a six-pack of cold cider and some leftover panettone.
Youre always gloomy, these days, lover, she said sadly, as she opened the cider. So tell me, whats your prognosis for 05?
Well, obviously the war in Iraq will dominate everything, and I reckon things will get very scary indeed.
How on earth are the Yanks going to cope? Jo asked. Everythings closing in on them. They cant even secure the ten kilometre road from the Green Zone to Baghdad airport thats about the same distance as Mascot is from the city. Theyre ferrying their people to the airport by helicopter now, cos the resistance has turned the road into a deathtrap. The Marines have blasted Falluja into rubble, but theres still fighting going on there, and now Mosul has fallen almost entirely under the resistances control. How the hell are they ever going to hold elections? Cant they see theyll never prevail in Iraq with only 150,000 troops. The experts are saying theyll need three times that many.
Well, theyll never get enough troops by voluntary recruitment, Old said. Theyve been claiming theyre meeting targets, but privately the US Armys recruiters are admitting theyre likely to fall 50 per cent short of their quotas this year. Thats something like 60,000 recruits short.
Can you smell conscription in the air?
You bet. In the US, everythings in place. All vacant positions on the local draft boards were quietly filled last year.
To say the least, the draft isnt going to be popular with the masses.
Youre right, so Bushll be looking for some big atrocity to terrify people into accepting it. Right now, another 9/11 would go down a treat with the president and his Neocon buddies.
Ho, ho. Sounds like a job for Osama bin Forgotten or Abu Mossad al-Israeli.
And what about Australia? Surely not conscription here too?
Well, I reckon Howard would already be under pressure from Bush to send more than our piddling little commitment of troops and he doesnt have any good excuses. If it keeps dragging on like this, and he sticks with the Yanks, hed have to have conscription. Not that Ive heard any whispers yet. Old took a long suck on the cider bottle.
But what I just dont understand is this the way things are going in Iraq, almost no Sunnis will turn out for the elections, I said. Effectively theres a boycott, theyve got nothing to lose because theyre only 40 per cent of the population, maybe thirty per cent.
That leaves the Shia, in the south, as the only group apart from the Kurds and they really just want to secede from Iraq that can gain politically from the elections, but guess whos leading them Ayatollah Sistani, a bunch of Islamic fascists like the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, and the Badr Brigades, and all of them are just basically a front for the Mad Mullahs of Tehran.
So the inevitable outcome of the Neocons little exercise in setting up a pseudo-democratic pro-US regime in Iraq is that the surrogates of the ultra-conservative Iranian ayatollahs will end up as the government in Baghdad. I suppose if that happened theyd stand a chance of raising a Shiite Iraqi army that would fight, but what a humiliating outcome.
The Sunnis and the secularists are never going to go along with that. Therell be a full-on civil war.
I dont know whats worse the irony or the tragedy, Old said. If that happens, and I dont see how it can be avoided, the US, Britain and Australia will be fighting in a dirty civil war on the side of the Tehran mullahs the Neocons once labelled part of the Axis of Evil. Meanwhile the Sunni and secularist resistance, which is probably already getting assistance from Syria and Saudi Arabia, will get a whole lot more, and quite possibly from Turkey as well. Its gotta be one of the greatest political debacles in history.
Yeah, Bush is gonna be eating a turd sandwich and saying its yummy.