Falluja's future?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by blackfox, Nov 8, 2004.

  1. blackfox macrumors 65816

    blackfox

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    With US forces converging on the city in what is expect to be a brutal block-by-block taking of the city, what effects do you believe this will have on the Iraqi situation at large?

    More specifically:

    1. Will the US succeed in pacifying the city short of reducing it to rubble? If so, how long will it last? What will be the mid-to-long-term effects on the lives/opinions of civilians who have now fled the city and who will be expected to vote come January?

    2. With Allawi's government rapidly losing influence and legitimacy, what effects will his declaration of Martial law have? Will it even be effective? What does this say about the ability to hold and/or the content of the January Elections?

    3. With insurgent activity sporadic and well-organized, will this assault really have an impact on improving the stability of Iraq and/or building confidence in it's institutions, including the Police and military, which are now targets?

    4. With the chief complaint of the Iraqi citizenry, traditionally, if not overwhelmingly being the reconstitution of their infrastructure such as basic utilities and sanitation, how does further destruction aid in that goal? Is this a step in the wrong direction, will we further galvanize support for the insurgency by the average citizen by failing to address these needs? How much more will this cost the US in money, time and lives?

    5. Misc. comments?

    I watch in morbid fascination...
     
  2. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    No.

    The city will be reduced to rubble.
     

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