"The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it."
-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
Post Saddam-Iraq Yesterday, I read the post at Back to Iraq that Salam Pax had linked to. It worried me--was the United States really ditching out on the idea of a democratic Iraq in favor of a military dictatorship? Of course, that makes no sense. It would be bad for Iraq, and bad for America, and I think every sensible person realizes that, but that's what the article insinuates.
Then today, I read David Anesnik's thoughts on the issue, pointing out how much more complex the situation is than Back to Iraq insinuates. From there to Overspill, which outlines what is probably going to happen:
1. Stabilization, where an interim Coalition military administration will focus on security, stability and order; laying the groundwork for stage 2.
2. Transition, where authority is progressively given to Iraqi institutions as part of the development of a democratic Iraq.
3. Transformation, after Iraqis have drafted, debated and approved a new, democratic constitution and held free and fair elections, the only way for any future Iraqi government to be truly legitimate.
Sounds good and sensible to me. I'm now a good deal less worried than I was--it makes no sense for a permanent military dictatorship, which is what Back to Iraq's Christopher apparently thinks is in the cards. A temporary military government, however, makes too much sense not to implement.
Posted by Timothy9:40 AM
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