In this thread, I would like to discuss the ongoing efforts in Iraq to quell the last remnents of Saddam's regime, seek out the Ba'ath war criminals and the uber-important NBC weapons, but most importantly the 'reconstruction' of Iraq. Reconstruction is going to have several phases/areas, I believe. First, the political. Governence needs to be set up in the country, and a timetable and waypoints toward an autonomous Iraqi government need to be specified and planned. I think the Government should be secular, respect religious and ethnic plurality, offer federal oversight with room for limited self-rule in certain regions of Iraq, and have a robust and fair rule of law. I believe a government in Iraq which provides its citizens liberties is more important, in the short term, to rashly instituting the mechanism of democracy, without the necessary legal and structural supports to preserve liberty and protect the system from itself (elected dictators are still dictators). Second, there needs to be a diplomatic reconstruction. France proposing to end sanctions is but a first step, as relations with Iraq's regional neighbors, as well as the International community, need to be determined. Iraq's Saddam-era debt and Kuwaiti war reperations need to be revisited and reconsidered. Third, economic reconstruction. Oil. Who is going to control output, and negotiate development contracts? Are the Saddam-era deals null and void, or still legally (and morally) applicable? Who represents Iraq at OPEC? Finally, infrastructure. Usually, when talking about War reconstruction, we are talking about infastructure. However, due to the nature of the US targetted bombing and swift advance, there has probably been more damage done to IRaqi infastructure through neglect and sanctions than through warfare. Additionally, Iraq is a country and a people that is blessed (or cursed) with wealth. Iraq's oil will fund much of their recovery from the hangover of Saddam's regime and its violent end imposed from the outside. What are the morals and ethics of this situation?