The Future of Iraq

Texts & subtexts sketch a pallid nightmare in this NY Times story: Grozny is the Baghdad of the future. Hasn't this been the real plan all along?
Three years after a wave of guerrilla and terrorist attacks caused many analysts to say that Russia’s war against Chechen separatists could not be won, the republic has fallen almost fully under the control of the Kremlin and its indigenous proxies, led by Ramzan A. Kadyrov, the Chechen president. Mr. Kadyrov’s human rights record is chilling, and allegations of his government’s patterns of brutality and impunity are widespread. Yet even his most severe critics say he has developed significant popular support, in part because of the clear changes that have accompanied his firm and fearsome rule.
American neoconservatives' greatest fear must be that our fascists won't be as competent as the Russian fascists.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “The Future of Iraq”

  1. Competency, schmopetency.

    American neoconservatives’ greatest fear is that our fascists won’t be as free to rape the masses as Russian fascists, which disadvantages American fascists in the board game “Too Much Is Not Enough.”

  2. EYES

    If you would lead
    love back some way
    to its own pasture

    if there were still such things
    as pastures anymore
    that are not perceptual
    not in the beholding of what’s

    beheld as light on light
    breathlessly pacing back and forth
    through leaf blossom blur
    through whatsoever year

    speak with some respect first
    for the obstinacy life forms
    bow down to that.

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