View Poll Results: Why wasn't Iraq colonized?

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  • Liberal humanitarians would be shocked too much at home.

    6 18.18%
  • Neocons were afraid of losing European geopolitical capital.

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  • We were afraid of instigating Arabs.

    3 9.09%
  • We were afraid of engaging Iran.

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Thread: Why Wasn't Iraq Colonized?

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    Why Wasn't Iraq Colonized?

    Serious answers only please. This is not a troll thread.

    That is not a sarcastic comment (ad infinitum).

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    Re: Why Wasn't Iraq Colonized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    Serious answers only please. This is not a troll thread.

    That is not a sarcastic comment (ad infinitum).
    I don't understand your question.

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    Re: Why Wasn't Iraq Colonized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    Serious answers only please. This is not a troll thread.

    That is not a sarcastic comment (ad infinitum).
    The British had no time for that.

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    Re: Why Wasn't Iraq Colonized?

    My reaction to the thread title was "oh god".

    Yeah didnt disappoint.

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    Re: Why Wasn't Iraq Colonized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    My reaction to the thread title was "oh god".

    Yeah didnt disappoint.
    You think God prevented us from colonizing Iraq?

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    Re: Why Wasn't Iraq Colonized?

    What type of colonialism would you have suggested? Exploitation of manpower and resources by an elite or providing incentives for Americans to settle there?

    I suppose the realists answer is that the potential for blowback is greater longterm (see European attempts at colonialism and present day resistance protracted into perpetuity), the question of who would claim the colony since it was a coalition invading and a national ethos on the part of the hypothetical coloniser that is generally anti-colonialist and democratic and thus incompatible with long term investment in a colony.

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    Re: Why Wasn't Iraq Colonized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    Serious answers only please. This is not a troll thread.

    That is not a sarcastic comment (ad infinitum).
    Its impossible, end of thread. I like how all your poll options have to do with people being afraid or being too much of a wuss to do it.

    Get real dude.

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    Re: Why Wasn't Iraq Colonized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    What type of colonialism would you have suggested? Exploitation of manpower and resources by an elite or providing incentives for Americans to settle there?

    I suppose the realists answer is that the potential for blowback is greater longterm (see European attempts at colonialism and present day resistance protracted into perpetuity), the question of who would claim the colony since it was a coalition invading and a national ethos on the part of the hypothetical coloniser that is generally anti-colonialist and democratic and thus incompatible with long term investment in a colony.
    How about just taxing them to support social services and exporting oil?

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    Re: Why Wasn't Iraq Colonized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    How about just taxing them to support social services and exporting oil?
    Taxation without representation? Hmm, seems familiar....

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    Re: Why Wasn't Iraq Colonized?

    Colonize Iraq? We'd need more colonies in the region to justify it. The logistics alone are a nightmare, and protecting colonists would be an indefinite 24/7 detail. The cost is greater than the gain.
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