Monday 19 April 2004

It's the culture, stupid

A few weeks ago I added a link to Belmont Club. That site is essential reading for those who want to understand the ins and outs of the Iraqi campaign.

If you haven't already done so, start by reading this post:

The GWOT cannot be considered won until 90% of the viewership in the Middle East watches something other than Al Jazeera. The campaign in Iraq cannot be considered a success until Baghdad becomes the cultural capital of the Arab world, producing not less than 200 Arabic films a year: comedies, family dramas, stories of Arab boys who have triumphed over adversity to become doctors, scientists and explorers in outer space. Until the day when an Iraqi boy looks at an aircraft and dreams of flying to the moon instead of turning it into a 150 ton bomb the war will not be won.
How true, but I fear that mere politicians will not understand.