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The Middle East Mess

Tuesday, 16 August 2005 12:00 AM

With our removal of Saddam from power in Iran's longtime archenemy, Iraq, the Iranians are quietly and cleverly moving into the Iraqi vacuum on a number of levels. They have infiltrated the new Iraqi government and bureaucracy, and they have supplied the insurgency with the most sophisticated new bomb-making equipment.

The Iraqi prime minister lived in Tehran for ten years. His 'boss' and spiritual leader, Ayatollah Sistani – the most powerful man in Iraq – is

Make no mistake of it: Iran's influence in Iraq is

2) Iraq's devolution into a Muslim theocracy. The failure this week to draw up a constitution is due in part to the Shiite Muslims' desire to have the Islamic (religious) law – the Sharia – be codified into the law of Iraq.

This would make Iraq – the country that almost 1,900 U.S. soldiers have died to free from Saddam's repression – a clone of Iran. Women would be treated as second-class citizens. Beatings and stonings would become common – and women would have no recourse.

Plus, the Shiites want an 'autonomous' region in the south of Iraq in which to implement their own radical views.

What kind of country will the 'new' Iraq become if it comprises two or three 'autonomous' regions with their own laws and religious edicts? Will the national government have sovereignty – or will we have actually helped Iraq become three separate countries?

3) Gaza pullout. The key question here is simple: Will the Palestinians seize this unilateral 'gift' from Israel and work to create a truly successful nation of their own – or will they turn it into an armed camp from which to wage more war against Israel?

We do not know the answer yet.

Gaza will now allow the Palestinians to build their own seaport, through which they could import tons of weapons (from Iran).

The jury is still out on whether Prime Minister Abbas will be able to take control – or will allow the Hamas terrorists to seize the day.

4) The constantly rising cost of gasoline. This is eroding the political support of President Bush and the Congress and eating away at the economics of the average American family.

No wonder the people think the nation is headed down the 'wrong track.'

And yet the government seemingly does nothing to address this problem.

No wonder Bush's ratings are the lowest of his presidency: When the day-to-day financial situation of people suffers, they blame those in power.

And there is no end in sight. Rising world demand for oil makes it likely the price will only steadily rise in the future:

Conclusion. We need to face a grim reality: The Middle East is a mess – has always been a mess – and will likely remain a mess for the impending future.

We are barking up the wrong tree if we think we can impose Western values and democratic freedoms on a people who don't want them, don't believe in them and won't fight for them.

Plus, we are crazy to bank our economic security on such a volatile region of the world.

We must – and this should be our top national priority – begin immediately to first mass-produce hybrid cars and then segue into hydrogen fuel cells.

We cannot base our national economic security on unstable governments and irrational people.

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