Art Vandelay wrote:brewcrew4you wrote:It is totally within the power of the Iraqi government to get this damn fixed. It was NOT within the power of the Iraqi people to overthrow Saddam - technology has increased the power of the dictator state enough that any half-way competent dictator should be able to use the army to suppress any uprisings within his/her own country.
I don't think I have as much confidence as you in what the Iraqi government is capable of. However, even assuming that the government is perfectly capable of fixing the dam, I don't really see that as relevant, because...well, they're not fixing it. It was within Saddam Husein's power to stop killing and torturing people, but that didn't stop us from taking matters into our own hands when he didn't exercise that power. We are either there for the citizens of Iraq, or we're not. We can't claim to be in Iraq for the people, then let hundreds of thousands of them die because their government isn't acting to fix a dam.
I agree. We went in there to protect their people from their government, and nothing typifies that more than this scenario.
What's important here is that we use this as a PR bonanza. Their government is cold-heartedly risking the lives of countless thousands, but we voluntarily undertook the responsibility of stopping a potential disaster that was created long before we even considered going in. If that doesn't buy goodwill, nothing ever will.