Why were Germany, Italy and Japan stable after WWII (except for the Berlin Wall) and Iraq wasn't after Saddam Hussein was deposed?


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Ray  Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered

That may be one of the best questions asked here this year.

So, what is different?

Germany (at least) was SO broken that they had to "do what they were told" to rebuild. And what they were told was GOOD advice. The US, injected money (even the UK sent some, despite the fact that we were completely broke).

Japan was a VERY similar case.

In both cases there were large armies of occupation, imposing law and structure on the rebuilding societies.

My father was stationed in Italy after the war, again to provide authority, structure and the rule of law.

The same huge effort was never made in Iraq. We wanted to do it "on the cheap". (And perhaps should have not used Western firepower to depose a regime (always going to be easy to win such a war) without having any plan to win the peace.

Blair and Bush were not Churchill and Roosevelt.

In fact,. I'm rather ashamed that I put them all in the same sentence.

Walt O'Reagun Profile
Walt O'Reagun answered

What Ray said.

Also, Iraq was held together by Saddam.  His tyranny forced the people to live together, without using violence against each other to settle religious/tribal feuds.  With him gone, and no strong government to replace him, those old feuds rose to the surface.

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Walt O'Reagun
Walt O'Reagun commented
I think there should be a requirement that, before we "liberate" a country ... we have to examine it's history, and have experts in the region/nation run scenarios of what happens after we leave.
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Walt, yes...and what concerns me...why didn't our government understand that by then? Have we even learned it now?
N. Harmonik
N. Harmonik commented
Tyranny or chaos is a hard choice.

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