June 19, 2005
Everyone should keep a close eye on these guys. . .
As I write this, a new operational unit is getting settled in Iraq. It's not a new US division from the states, but rather a hybrid, experimental embryonic unit being deployed from Bosnia. The ehnically mixed unit has Serbian, Croatian and Muslim soldiers in it's ranks.
I feel this particular unit deserves some close attention from the world community over the next few months/years. If this unit can function harmoniously and provide the Iraqi people with support, it may turn out to be that one example of cooperation that the world community has been looking for.
Centuries of ethnic conflict bubbled to the surface when the Yugoslav republic collapsed. The region saw the rise of tyrants, genocide and anarchy, followed by the arrival of "War - American Style", which eventually quelled the disruptions and finally brought stability to the region.
We can look at the Bosnian situation as a proto-example of many things happening throughout the Middle East. The Yugoslav solution was messy and fumbling, just as the Iraq/Afganistan situation is, but I see this deployment of mixed muslim, christian and other troops coming from a newly arising nation to help the people of Iraq recover as a very good thing. Even though the Bosnian Army is divided within along ethnic lines, I see this as still a tremendous step forward and an example that may help the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds find their way as a nation.
We'll see what happens.
Posted by JasonColeman at June 19, 2005 7:13 PM
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