Good points
Posted by Jon on Thu, 07/01/2004 - 10:09am.
mari, on 2 of those points, I would agree that they point to a lack of legitimacy in the handover. The first seems to be a point of law regarding an Iraqi citizen, though I do not know enough about international law to make an informed judgement about it.
The second does seem to be interference in Iraqi political processes, which I do not approve of.

On the last point, however, I think there may be some misunderstanding. The coalition is currently training Iraqi citizens to form their own army. I do not know much about the process of creating an army, but I am led to understand it might take an extended period of time, to do it correctly.
If the options are to:
a) Provide assistance to the Iraqis while they help train the new army;
b) Leave the country in the hands of a partially-formed and trained army;
then I would favor the first choice.

I have emotional reactions to some of the terminology and sources cited, but that is not relevant to the topic at hand.
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