Giving Up Saddam: Russia and “Regime Change” in Iraq(Comments Off)
The War on Terror and the Bush administration’s impending war on Iraq gave Moscow a chance to use its relationship with Baghdad to try to secure Russian influence there after the fall of Hussein and to reestablish itself as a force in the region.
However, if we are at war with Iraq and that war is unjust, there is still nothing that prevents the administration from limiting the use of force to the in bello criteria, thus making this war more just in its execution than it was in its inception.
We are being driven into a potential quagmire, and no real questions are being asked. What started, in October 2001, as a legitimate military response to terrorist attacks has degenerated into an hubristic powerplay that may engage the United States in an open-ended war against a large segment of the Muslim world.
Empire—or, rather, the concept of benevolent global hegemony—is one of the gifts of Mesopotamia, but it is a poisoned chalice.