The official Iraq Study Group Report says that sixty-one percent of all Iraqis approve of attacks on U. S. Forces. The exact words, in context, are . . .
"Recent polling indicates that only 36 percent of Iraqis feel their country is heading in the right direction, and 79 percent of Iraqis have a "mostly negative" view of the influence that the United States has in their country. Sixty-one percent of Iraqis approve of attacks on U.S.-led forces. If Iraqis continue to perceive Americans as representing an occupying force, the United States could become its own worst enemy in a land it liberated from tyranny."
So if the Iraqis don't want us in their country -- and in fact they want to kill us for being there -- then why does our President insist that we continue to remain? And why is he planning to send in more troops, making things worse, not better? For the benefit of the people of Iraq? No, because they want us out. So then why?
The one obvious reason, which seems clear to me, is that George W. Bush cannot face the reality that he made a huge mistake by invading Iraq. He really messed up, and he cannot accept it.
So he makes up all these phony reasons about what a disaster it would be for us if we simply packed up and left immediately.
"There would be a bloodbath," he says. "Maybe not," I reply. After we have left their country, more likely they will settle down and live together, I would think, like they did before we invaded.
"Iraq would become a sanctuary for terrorism," he claims. "I don't think so," I reply. It never was a sanctuary for terrorism until we invaded. After we leave, I expect that things will settle down. And things can never settle down as long as we remain, because the Iraqis want to kill us for being there.
And all the neo-cons, who got us in there in the first place, echo his phony reasons. They want us to stay in Iraq forever! "Build bases. Control the oil. Get the big contracts. Protect Israel. Forever, no matter what it costs or how long it takes. Who cares what the Iraqis think? They've been nothing but trouble anyway."
So here we are, stuck in Iraq. Why? Only because we are too stupid to leave.
But hope is on the way, if we are lucky. My belief is that Malaki will soon make a deal with the warring factions, in which they will all stop fighting as soon as he kicks us out. Then he will tell us, "Thank you very much for getting rid of Saddam. Now please go home and leave us alone." And maybe then the people of Iraq will start tossing flowers and dancing in the streets, just like Cheney said they would, before we invaded.
Rev. Bill McGinnis is an Internet Christian minister, writer and publisher. He is Director of LoveAllPeople.org, a small private think tank in Alexandria, Virginia, and all of its related websites, including (more...)