This is not necessarily a debate, per se, but since this is about the Hot Topic du Jour, I think it’s the safest place for this thread…
Okay, to get away from the usual yelling and arguing about the US-Iraq war and George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein, I want to try a little fantasy-indulgence here:
What should happen in Iraq after the war? The fighting’s over, the dead are buried, the injured are bandaged, Saddam Hussein is history (dead or fled, your choice), any nasty WMDs are properly disposed of… what, in your wildest fantasies, do you want to happen next?
My fantasy: Determined to prove that the war really was about ousting Saddam and freeing the Iraqi people (and not about a grubby grab for Iraqi oil), Colin Powell goes before the United Nations, apologizes for running around the Security Council, then urges them to create an interim government for Iraq. The UN cooperates, assembling a multinational civilian panel to oversee Iraq until the nation stabilizes and open elections can be held. Coalition forces are replaced/supplimented with UN Peacekeepers, and their presence and firepower keeps the various warring factions from turning on each other. Iraq’s oil fields are placed in a national trust, and drilling rights are bid upon by petroleum companies from all nations, with no preferential/handicapped treatment based on nationality. Donald Rumsfeld apologizes for his “Old Europe” remark, George W. Bush apologizes for his unilateralist moves, and German restaurants start selling Coca-Cola again.
Yeah, yeah, I know, fat chance. But hey, what’s your pipe dream?