Ahh, it is only by an accident of birth any of us were not born in the Middle East.
I cannot be as "black or white" as Vance McDonald [“Postmarks
” online, Sept. 17], because I recognize that the universe is much more fluid with vast arrays of options. Duality is a fraction of a whole, and I cannot nor will not limit myself so heinously. McDonald can so choose to live and react out of abject fear; it is not a choice I could make in good conscience. Call me coward if you will; I really couldn't give a rat's ass anymore than McDonald cares what people think about him. He is a tough old coot, and I give him kudos for that, but (and you knew this was coming) he is just a little too narrow-minded for me to agree with him. It is actually reacting to that fear that will give the fear strength and cause repercussions, which could enable the fear to become a reality. Call me blind, call me whatever … again, remember “rat's ass.”
I see no good prospects of a functioning democracy or even a functioning representative republic in Iraq. To stabilize will require another asshole dictator because the people there are just too fractured and cannot agree on anything, much less meeting one of the "benchmarks" of signing over all
operations to extract their oil to American oligarchs.