Cradle of Civilization gets another chance
“Definitions of cradle of civilization on the Web:
The cradle of civilization is any of the possible locations for the emergence of civilization. It is usually applied to the Ancient Near Eastern Chalcolithic (Ubaid period, Naqada culture), especially in the Fertile Crescent (Levant and Mesopotamia), but also extended to sites in Armenia, Greece ...
There has been much death and suffering in the “Cradle of Civilization” for many years, pertaining to Iraq that was once Mesopotamia. As with neighboring Iran, human history recognizes these places for great advances in science and engineering. One has to wonder why they are not leaders in modern society.
The choice of the style of government and economy truly makes a difference as does the existence of natural resources to accommodate society, both at home and as added value to the world.
For the moment, Iraq is still struggling to seat an elected government. It is still trying to govern and to restore peace through its own security mechanisms, confronting an insurgency that continues to be fueled by external governments and terrorist organizations.
Americans attacked Iraq as rejection of a dictatorial and obstinate regime that attacked its neighbors and saber rattled weapons of mass destruction. Whether Americans were falsely lured or led into the fight does not matter now. The consequence is that this war broke the bank of Americans and broke the back of the old Iraq regime.
Are we are done with each other? The extrication is incomplete as it will be slow and deliberate, though I hope on time with the President’s schedule.
Iraq will have its hands filled with their internal issues that will hopefully be resolved without civil war.
“Obama declares that combat In Iraq is over
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 31, 2010; 11:45 PM
Saying it is "time to turn the page" on one of the most divisive chapters in American history, President Obama declared the U.S. war in Iraq over Tuesday night, telling the nation that he was fulfilling his campaign pledge to stop a war he had opposed from the start.”