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Friday, December 30, 2005

Positive predictions for the year ahead in Iraq

Watch out world, even the FRENCH news service has something positive to say about Iraq's Economy along with a dig or two directed at the United States. The Bosun Locker is trying to be fair and balanced. So, you will have to call the shots on this one.

Positive predictions for the year ahead in Iraq
unemployment should be tackled by new government

BAGHDAD: Experts predict the formation of a new Iraqi government, following a year of political reforms, will help stabilize the country, revive its stagnant economy and pave the way .....The December 15 general election "doesn't guarantee any of those things, but it offers the promise that now we can put it in place." That all depends on the smooth formation of the next government...."The economic prospects in 2006 will be good for Iraq, provided we have a consensus government which includes all major groups in Iraq and they agree on an economic program," said Abbas Abu al-Timen, the director of the Baghdad Economic Forum...... And one of the digs: The battering the country took under sanctions in the 1990s, followed by the chaos and looting during and after the U.S.-led invasion of March 2003 have had a devastating effect on the Iraqi economy. For the rest of the story, see the Agence France Presse (AFP) that appeared in the Lebanon Daily Star

We see free enterprise and determination of Iraqi people rising out of the ashes of its former self much like the young Arabian Phoenix gathering the ashes of its predecessor into an egg of myrrh and taking it to Heliopolis, the city of the sun. This is a symbolic representation of the death and rebirth of the sun portrayed in both ancient Arabic and Greek mythology.
"Might represent the sun, which dies every night and is reborn the next morning. Among classical writers, it may represent those existing in paradise, enjoying eternal youth. Among Christians, it can represent rebirth after death. "
Maybe there is something to the mythology that has been lost by our collective pessimism. The Democrats in our country who pride themselves as the intellectuals are truly on the wrong side of history again and show their crude ignorance of the agility of the human race. Defeatism of our democratic party is mind boggling.

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Tom said...

Progress in Iraq is coming slowly but surely, which is why so much of the media and Democrats miss it. This war isn't like WWII, where there were big dramatic movements of troops and ships that one could easliy track. The building of infrastructure and the economy doesn't lend itself as well to the 6 o'clock news as does the daily IED blasts.

Much could still go wrong, and we shouldn't look at it through rose-colored glasses. The largest political parties that emerged from the elections are too religiously oriented for me. But Iraqis are not going to let their country go the way of Iran or Afghanistan under the Taliban. Sure, it won't be as free as we want it, but the point is to get them on the right track.

After all, our democracy was hardly perfect when we started. Some will say "but that was 200+ years ago!" to which I say "it's 500 years ago in the Middle East." They missed the renaissance and reformation, to say nothing of the civil rights revolution that we went through forty-odd years ago.

All in all, trend lines are in our favor in Iraq. We just have to keep at it.

The_Bos'un said...

Thank you for sharing your comments. God willing, Iraq will succeed and be a better place. It has rich history. For the past 30 years it was a sick bird, but, it will fly high again.

MSM only likes to report news that it thinks sells its news service. That is why I like Michael Yon and other boots on the ground. Have a safe and prosperous New Year.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Iraq has every possibility of becoming an economic powerhouse. I hope the fruits of the labor of all involved blossom within my lifetime so that I can turn to my liberal friends on my deathbed and say, "Hah...."

That's the selfish, petty, partisan side of me talking.

Truly, everyone should be doing everything possible to insure that Iraq does succeed. It will be a huge blow to terrorism and an economically thriving, democratic Iraq will indeed influence the Middle East for the better; and be a good investment for making the U.S. and the world at large, safer and more sane.

The_Bos'un said...


Thank you for your on time and on the button comments.


Rosemary said...

They are all bargaining for seats now. Did someone forget to tell them they could and should elect individuals? I would much rather prefer that. Let the people speak! :)