The Retreat Forward

The one overworked guy who writes the news dispatches for antiwar.com says, about the Vietnam Wanna-Be Escalation in Iraq:

The Pentagon says around 1,700 troops are currently in Iraq, and that number was already poised to go up to around 3,000 within the next few weeks, mostly stationed in Baghdad and Arbil.

Increasingly, however, the US is also moving troops into the front-line in Anbar Province, with 350 troops stationed at Ayn al-Assad airbase already and plans to put forces into additional bases.

Nominally, the troops in Anbar are supposed to be advising and coordinating Iraqi ground troops in their offensives, though the bases are constantly coming under attack by ISIS, who control roughly 80% of the province outright.

The way I look at it,

Iraq Is Here.

So, to give some idea of how we re-frame the question of war, bring yourself back to Basnia-Herzegovina, in 1908

The group gathered around Kočić’s Narod i Otadžbina newspaper completely stood for Serbian peasantry against the Muslims in order to change the agrarian position of the peasantry. Kočić’s group also banned any cooperation with the Austrian-Hungarian authorities. The group gathered around Dimitrijević also advocated a radical change of the agrarian relations and criticised the Serbian civic leadership for neglecting the peasantry, but they advocated cooperation with the Austro-Hungarian authorities in changing agrarian relations. The main goal of Serbian politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina was the removal of Austro-Hungarian authority in Bosnia and Herzegovina and annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Kingdom of Serbia. Their goals, however, were no obstacle to economic cooperation with the Austrian-Hungarian authorities

and you have the approximate attitude of the Green Party toward competition in elections.

We Serbs are exiles here in Bosnia Herzegovina, where we form the majority of the population. We want syneousys [that’s Greek for ‘reunion’ with the Motherland], but have to deal with a purportedly multi-cultural imperial occupying force.

The pattern. Keep your eye on the pattern.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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