Number two with a bullet

Iraq places second on the Failed States Index compiled by Foreign Policy and the Fund for Peace. It probably could have beaten out Sudan for first place with a little more practice.

Afghanistan, another American client state, ranks eighth.

Some criteria:

The authors of the index said one of the leading benchmarks for failed state status is the loss of physical control of territory or a monopoly on the legitimate use of force.

Other attributes include the erosion of legitimate authority, an inability to provide reasonable public services and the inability to interact with other states as a full member of the international community.

(Cross-posted.)

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6 responses to “Number two with a bullet

  1. Melissa McEwan

    1. Sudan
    2. Iraq

    This may be the first viable argument I have seen against US intervention in Sudan: “You’re so bad-off already the only way it could get worse is if we helped you.”

  2. America is on its way to becoming a failed state if it does not stop this. We cannot impose a state on Iraq or Afghanistan, or it would never survive without us continuing to prop it up forever. Democracy means that people choose their own leaders, they are not selected for them by foreign powers.

  3. I would sign a treaty of peace with the representatives of the Iraqi people, and go home.

  4. Sue for peace in all the world. There is no shame in it. Peace.

  5. Peace is not quietude.

  6. When violence ends, there will be intermarriage, and the next generation will learn and grow.

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