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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.
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.
The press, as obedient and uninformed today as they were during previous wars, dutifully repeat the phrases “weapons of mass destruction” and “links with Al Qaeda terrorists.”