A Decent Outcome

Today, we see the 10th anniversary of the appearance of the elusive implied Friedman unit.

Writing about the prospects of a sectarian civil war in Iraq, Friedman writes, “If there is a constitution basically supported by all the key parties, a decent outcome is still possible.” Presumably time is of the essence. The next, I don’t know, six months are likely to be critical.

And then a threat from the same source who said that the reason for the war was that after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Iraqi people needed to be told to “Suck on this.”

“And if the dikes of stability that U.S. soldiers are holding together give way, well, you all will envy the people of New Orleans. Most of them had somewhere to go when their floods hit. You and your neighbors will not.” True enough for New Orleans if you consider the Superdome to have been a satisfactory place. And of course the incipient civil war in Iraq is much like a natural disaster. Certainly, nobody like Thomas L. Friedman helped to create the conditions that would make it inevitable.

Friedman, Thomas L. 2005. “New Orleans and Baghdad” The New York Times. Sept. 9: A25.


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