When I wrote a few minutes ago about the conditions for runaway inflation being created by the current administration, I must admit, it was with some fatalistic perspective (hence the medieval sounding title of the article). I assumed the war in Iraq will keep going, and that the next administration will not be able to withdraw either.
However, I came to think of an idea which is so crazy that it may actually work. If the US should withdraw from Iraq and call in the UN to conduct peacekeeping operations, we would solve most of our problems. Let me go into some detail here:
- We can pacify the current civil war, but the US may not be the most appropriate force to take care of the issue. The UN may be welcomed were the US is being rejected (even if both have the same goals).
- Europe may actually help if the UN takes over, and we will share the burden of the war with other countries. If our goal is to help Iraq to become a democratic country, why not let the UN in?
- Withdrawing without leaving a pacifying force would be a disservice to the effort of our troops. However, if we are a leading part of a real international force in Iraq, the memory of our lost soldiers will be well served, we will be able to withdraw our reserves, and our soldiers will contribute to a great cause: democracy in Iraq.
- If we continue this war, we will suffer an economic collapse from under which it will take years to emerge.
- UN forces would defuse tensions with Iran (or else), and help us avoid an even longer and more painful war.
The last time this issue was brought up was in 2003. So far, I think I am the only one saying this. I will be happy to hear counter arguments. Let’s take this idea to Congress.
Franklin @ September 28, 2007