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October 12, 2006

From Green To Yellow: Is It Time To Reconsider Iraq?

Sigmund, Carl and Alfred say what many of us have been thinking, that the Iraqis have a choice - they can be a democracy or they can be under the thumb of terrorists and other assorted dysfunctionals, and by their actions - or the lack thereof- Iraqis will in the end, clearly define themselves and the kind of nation they want for themselves. If they will not act in their own best interests, we cannot force democracy where it is clearly not valued:

... It is plainly clear that the vast majority of Iraqis are delighted to be rid of Saddam. While they turned out by the millions to cast ballots in a free and fair election, it is also plainly clear that their commitment to democracy is less in evidence. Voting is one thing-actually building and maintaining the institutions that are the pillars of democratic societies, is quiet another. The Iraqis are sitting on the fence, waiting for the outcome of the war between the terrorists and Coalition forces. Therein lies the problem.

The Americans and coalition forces will eventually win. It will be dirty, messy and uncoordinated- because we are fighting terrorists and not 'insurgents,' as tthe media likes to imply. Insurgents fight for a nation, a people and to establish a regime that might be recognized by the international community. These terrorists do not regard their political ideologies as primary considerations . For them, it is about power and nothing else. That power might be draped in religious garb, but in fact, there is no pretense of political respectability. There are no 'representatives' at the UN, claiming to represent the people of Iraq and there are no examples of the terrorists in Iraq that offer to help anyone. They are not rallying people to their cause or orchestrating mass demonstrations to bring attention to their cause. There are no dramatic and sympathetic leaders paraded in front of willing cameras and their are no legions of 'spin doctors' appearing on FNC or CNN. There are no discernible liberation movements - only movements that openly proclaim their love of Islam and their love for death (most often directed at other Muslims).

... The terrorists are blowing up Iraqis by the hundreds. They are not, for the most part, targeting American, British or coalition troops. There is an orgy of death, as suicide bombers make no distinction between American or coalition forces, Iraq police or the elderly and children. Houses of worship are attacked regularly (with worshipper inside) and market places, filled with women and children, are favored by suicide bombers, plying their evil.

In other words, the terrorists in Iraq make Kim Jung Il look good. He at least offers the pretense about caring for his people. The terrorists in Iraq, their supporters and the Arab world as a whole, cannot even be bothered. As far as they are concerned, the Iraqi people can rot in hell. That sentiment remains below the surface of course, because it is after all, the Kaffirs, are providing the Iraqis with many of the essentials they need to survive. If and when the Kaffirs leave, the Iraqis will be at the mercy of those who don't give a damn.

... The people of Eastern Europe did not need to be convinced of the merits of free societies over tyrannies. We must be prepared to face the reality that much of the Arab world will remain backward for a very long time, incapable of understanding how free governments are always better than oppressive ones. While there is nothing we can do about that, we can hope that the next generation, or the one after that, will see more clearly.

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As SC&A point out in their piece, if democracy is of little value to the Iraqis, we need to leave. That will result in tragedy and great suffering, of course, but the blood of Americans and coalition forces cannot continue to be used to purchase democracy for Iraq. Clearly, it's time for the Iraqis to stand up for themselves, the time has come to either fish or cut bait. It is our interests to fight the terrorists in Iraq instead of the streets of America, where they will surely follow if we cut and run. But if the Iraqis think the U.S will remain forever, while Iraqi Muslims continue to murder each other, and Iraqis continue to let chaos reign, it's time for them to think again - that isn't going to be the case.

Posted by Abdul at October 12, 2006 4:47 PM

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