Bill Sykes' Newsletter
An ex-Brit gives his views-(without fear
or favor)---of the American Scene
Questions and my responses.
* Is Saddam Hussein alive or dead? - No one appears
to be sure either way.
* Is Usama Bin Laden alive or dead? - Same situation.
* Was there ever any proven evidence of collusion between
the terrorist leader and the despotic President? - none
that I know of.
* Did the Coalition forces achieve their primary objectives
of defeating the Iraqi armed forces? - They certainly
did and in quick time.
* Will members of American armed forces be required to
stay in that country for several years in order to keep
the peace? - No doubt what so-ever that the occupation
will be a long term tour of duty.
* Will civil war break out after the fighting war winds
down? - It certainly appears that way, as the Kurds, Sunnis
and Shiites, will fight each other for power in high places
- so yes, it would certainly appear to be a foregone conclusion
that civil war will always be a possibility, and that
maybe Iran and Turkey will become involved somewhere along
* Will the Shia Muslim Clerics take over the control of
Iraq? - They will certainly try, as 60% of Iraqis are
* Will democracy be established in Iraq? - See the two
* Who will be the main beneficiary of Iraqi oil? - Can
one assume that the British and American oil companies
and their subsidiaries will take the lions share of the
* Was the war by America against Iraq intended to: a)
Replace the despotic regime of Saddam Hussein, b) Find
and destroy weapons of mass destruction, c) Secure and
control the supply of oil to the United States, d) Install
a democratic society in Iraq, e) Protect the security
of Israel, f) Fight terrorism by displaying the enormous
might of American weapons of mass destruction, f) Retribution
for the September eleventh terrorist actions against the
United States, even though it has never been proven that
Iraq had any relations with Al Qaeda? - A definitive answer
must lie somewhere amongst the alternatives given - could
the answer then be all of the above.
* Will sanctions be placed against Syria and Iran, and
the previous sanctions against Turkey reinstated? - More
* Will the United Nations survive? - Barely.
* Will Iraq become a democracy? - Not in our lifetime.
* Will the North Koreans continue to develop nuclear weapons?
* Will North and South Korea eventually amalgamate? -
Yes. I would say that the amalgamation will take place
within the next five years.
* Will terrorism continue to devastate the nations of
this world? - Unfortunately, the answer is yes.
* Will terrorist activities through out the world increase
as time goes by? - Definitely.
* Will the Muslim hatred of United States government and
its people continue? - Again the answer is unfortunately,
* Will Israel give back the territory they captured from
Syria and Jordan during the 1967 war? - No. They may make
minor concessions but it is highly unlikely that the Golan
Heights will be returned to Syria, or that the Israeli
settlements built upon Arab land will be demolished.
* Will America step in and try to stop the slaughter of
Jews and Arabs in Israel? - No. Not unless it is in the
United States and Israeli interests.
* Was Democracy established in Afghanistan? - Definitely,
no. The warlords and their heavily armed supporters are
back in power and have re-established the terror regime
of the re-emerging Taliban. The only reasonably safe and
secure place in Afghanistan is the capital of Kabul courtesy
of the peacekeeping forces.
I’m sure that there are many more relevant questions
that I have failed to ask, and I’m sure that the
readers of this news letter will differ with me on some
of my responses---in a Democracy, that is your prerogative
and privilege---please let it always be so.
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