The Iraqi’s, from all polls that have been released, are afraid. They have every right to be afraid. They are afraid if we stay, they are afraid of what will happen when we leave. Children have been killed along with their mothers and fathers. What was seen as a way for Iraqis to overthrow the chains of tyranny, is now seen as an occupation by a foreign country to destroy the nation of Iraq. Things are no better, in most categories things are worse than when Saddam Hussain administered Iraq with an iron fist.
It’s all like a bad dream. The people want us out of Iraq. When I mention “the people” I’m talking American and Iraqi. Just for a moment, let us take into consideration the odd chance that the President is right, that the Iraqi people really want us to stay in Iraq. If that were the case, why not put it to a vote? If there were a vote on whether we stay or go, and the majority of Iraqi’s voted on us staying, hell, I have no problem with that. If they want us to stay, let them fund our military in Iraq with oil money. If we keep the volunteer Army and soldiers join up knowing they could be sent to Iraq then let at ‘em. I can say this with impunity because it will never come down to a vote by the Iraqi people.
This notion that Iraq will become another Afghanistan is patently false. Iraq is not Afghanistan. Poor Afghanistan has not been ruled effectively by a central government since Tamerlane. The British were soundly defeated in Afghanistan, then the Soviets. They don’t beat superpowers by fending them off. They win by losing at first, and then fight a guerilla war that is waged in every part of the country, backing up into the mountains for the winter. This has worked for them for centuries. Afghanistan hasn’t changed for hundreds of years. They have always behaved in this manner, and they have never been successfully occupied.
Iraq is different. It might dissolve into three autonomous states under a loose confederation if we leave, but it will never be a training ground for Al Qaeda. The simple fact is that the Iraqi’s, Sunni and Shia, and Kurd, despise Al Qaeda. Iraqi”s don’t care for foreigners in their country killing their people. Bush would have you believe that Al Qaeda is some vast world-wide empire that operates in vast underground bases throughout the world, when in reality Al Qaeda is more like a Muslim Ku Klux Klan that people give lip service too, but nobody really likes. The Egyptians and Jordanian and Saudi Arabian and other radical Muslims that call themselves Al Qaeda are basically stateless religious zealots that are hated by most Arabs and Persians. They have been kicked out of almost every country that they attempted to train in. The only nation that gave them a haven was Afghanistan because they paid them well. If we left Iraq, then Al Qaeda would probably be run out of Iraq on their collective apses. Bush has gotten more political mileage with Al Qaeda than any President since Lincoln when he used slavery as a pretext for war.
When people are elected to high public office, they are expected to be leaders. So far, from the Democrats and the Republicans, all I have seen is underhanded, backbiting games from professional politicians. I have seen our rights trampled by attaching laws on spending bills in the wee hours. I have seen Democrats and Republicans gerrymandering in states they control. I have seen both parties fail to tackle the hard inequities in campaign funding that allows corporations to pick our Senators and Congressman. Now it has all led to the fourth anniversary of a war that should never have been fought. This, above all other things should be looked at the hardest, for this war is criminal, just like the people that started it.