Sunday, March 21, 2004

An example of the way in which hardly caring, time-pressed or sometimes simply incompetent editors - who understandably have to shorten op most contributions to their websites, newspapers and magazines - change what was originally said or written. On the website of Sky News readers could give their view on the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Here is what I wrote: The war in Iraq is a good example of something that is basically not a bad idea but becomes more or less a disaster because it was not thought out well from the very beginning. Removing Saddam from power certainly has been a blessing for most Iraqis, and the citizens of those countires who sent troops to get rid of the dicator and his murderous regime can be proud of most of what their soldiers have done. Still, all of the ordinary, non-fanatic people in the Middle East would be better off if the political leaders of Europe and the United States of America finally came up with a solid, realistic, workable, just, and comprehensive long-term plan for the MidEast as a whole. Such a plan should include Israel's withdrawal from the occupied territories and the building of a viable, preferably de-militarized Palestinian state; a gradual and controled introduction of democracy all over the region; a distribution of wealth and knowledge between men and women and between the different parts of the region. Only with an all-out approach, in cooperation with the moderate forces that do exist here, will the West succeed in dealing with terror and Muslim extremism, and will the sacrifices made in the course of the war not be in vain. And here is what appeared on Sky's website: The war in Iraq is a good example of something that is basically not a bad idea but becomes more or less a disaster because it was not thought out well from the very beginning. Removing Saddam from power certainly has been a blessing for most Iraqis, and the citizens of those countires who sent troops to get rid of the dicator and his murderous regime. Still, all of the ordinary, non-fanatic people in the Middle East would be better off if the political leaders of Europe and the USA finally came up with a solid, realistic, workable, just, and comprehensive long-term plan for the Mid-East as a whole.

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