The Androcles Plan for Iraq
by Counselor1, Fri Jun 15, 2007 at 07:51:25 PM EDT
Can we muster support for a modest plan for Iraq that would save some lives and expense out of the horrific mess? Remember how Androcles ended the lion's suffering and saved his own life by removing the thorn? We should follow the moral of the story: remove the irritants!
Our troops could escort Iraqis to resettle in partition zones. Iraq's US-sponsored government could be moved to an isolated, hardened US base. Other countries, including our own, have moved their capitals! Give the Green Zone to Sunnis moving from east to west Baghdad. Let the remaining Iraqis assume the risk of fighting or making peace. Turn our embassy into a hospital, orphanage and war memorial for all. U.S. military advisers should only remain in cities on condition that local militias are integrated into the local Iraqi police.
Most of our forces can be gotten out of crossfire by redeployment to low population areas guarding Iraq's oil infrastructure west of its Iranian border. Surveillance of a demilitarized zone could allow refugees to return but stop armed unit infiltration.
Redeployed U.S. troops could also act as containment forces. In the north, they could help stabilize Kurdistan as a province of Iraq, with pacifying ties to Kurds in Turkey and Iran. All Iraqis could be assured some oil money by distribution like Alaska's Permanent Fund. Let a unit of our military equitably distribute oil revenues. It has a life and death interest in pacifying people living there. There'll be enough profit in fixing Iraq's oil industry and selling its oil.
Congress could request international surveillance of the border and prohibit any use of funds for invading Iran. Without stabilization of Iraq the blowback will be nuclear proliferation among more Muslim nations. Because American Zionist Neocons urged our Iraq invasion, it is ironic that the nation most endangered by this development will be tiny Israel.
This is a realistic but hopefully less violent alternative than surge or withdrawal. The sooner it's put in effect, maybe the fewer casualties and expense. Can we influence enough Congresspeople and candidates for president, including the Republican ones, to move this forward?