So today the “Iraq Study Group” came out with its recommendations. First of all, who are these people and how did they get put together in the first place? I guess I must have missed that part of the story. But you have former Secretary of State James Baker, along with Vernon Jordan, who was Bill Clinton’s golf partner and Sandra Day O’Connor, among the distinguished, yet misguided ranks. In reality this group in a committee and committee can be equated with non-action.
The group suggests we try diplomacy and then withdraw from Iraq, which has really turned into a proxy war with Iran—the real mother of all evil. There are so many reasons why this won’t work, but I’ll just state the obvious, YOU CANNOT NEGOTIATE, TALK TO, BARGIN WITH OR OTHERWISE DEAL WITH TERRORISTS!! You must go in and kill them….end of story. And we can, and we should, but we don’t because we are trying to fight this war thru politics—and it’s not working!
Last summer when Iran announced it was developing a nuclear program the US offered to come into Iran, a nation with whom we’ve had no diplomatic ties for almost 30 years, and help them, if they would stop enriching uranium. The UN—for what that organization is worth—has also tried and failed with diplomacy in regards to Iran. Mamuhud Amidimjah, the president of Iran has basically said, “We are guided by what the Hidden Imam [read: their version of the Messiah who will come at the end of days to fix the world, and turn us all into good little Muslims] tells us, not by what you dictate in your [the UN] resolutions.” How’s that for giving us the finger?
So what’s the point of all of this? History is repeating itself right now. This is 1938 and Chamberlin is negotiating with Hitler for “Peace in Our Time” once again. If you remember correctly after Hitler promised he would ask for, and seek for no more territory after he’d been given the Sudentenland (the southern tip of Czechoslovakia where ethnic Germans lived) he rolled thru Poland less than a year later and then on into Russia, France, the Low Countries, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland, not to mention North Africa as well. I guess the Iraq study group forgot that part of history when they suggest negotiating with our enemies. Because like in 1938, letting Iran and the Shi’a faction of Islam it controls, negotiate for minor things they will be able, like Hilter did in the 1930s and 40s in Europe, to take over the Middle East, impose Sharia Law and despotism, and wage war on the West—and by the West, I mean, the United States, all of our freedoms, Christianity, Judaism and anyone and anything that is not Muslim enough.
In the December 11, 2006 issue of US News & World Report the editor-in-chief, Mortimer B. Zuckerman wrote and EXCELLENT Op-Ed about all of this. If you don’t get US News, get a copy this week, just for this piece.
It’s called “The Mullah Menace” here are the highlights and my thoughts:
• Iran’s emergence as a Middle East regional superpower is the most dangerous geo-political development so far this century.
• Iran’s influence reaches into Southern Iraq, Syria, Hezbollah, Lebanaon, The West Bank and Hamas.
• Iran’s ever increasing influence will negatively affect the Sunni Arab states of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and other Gulf States with a sizable Shi’a population. [Meaning the Shi’a in these places will no longer be loyal to their own country, but to Iran, and it’s Shi’a Mullahs.]
• Iran is not interested in peace [nor was Hitler]. They have stepped up their “murderous, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel rhetoric” and believe that the Middle East should be “entirely Islamic and stripped of all Western Influence.”
• “The clock of military danger is superfast and digital; the cock of diplomacy in 20th Century analog.” [All efforts put forth by the West, so far have failed, what makes the Iraq Study Group think that anymore diplomacy will work?]
• Russia and China are playing both sides of the coin. They will not support sanctions or any sort of action because they are sending materials, people and information to Iran.
• “Some say we should accept that Iran will become a nuclear power and seek consolidation in the doctrine of mutual deterrence that worked in the Cold War. Such advice fails to account for the vehemence of the religious and ideological fanaticism that motivates Iran. There many be hundreds of thousands even millions willing to join suicide brigades. The Fundamental assumption of mutual deterrence—that both sides value their lives—simply does not apply here.” [ I would like to say, it won’t work. The fanatical Muslims have glorified death and martyrdom such that these people want to die, they pray to die! We don’t, and because of that, we have no spine! And they know it, the Iranians know we have ADD and given the choice will choose the easy way out.]
• “There is no magic bullet but we cannot just sit back.” [We have to do something, and being strong is the only way. In the thousands of years of history in the Middle East the people that are respected are those who are not afraid to duke it out to the finish. We must get into this primitive mindset if we are ever to have a chance.]
I think what also needs to be realized is that creating a democracy is not easy. In our own nation it took over 40 years, from the 1760s, when the first protests against the Townshend Acts took place to the 1820s after the War of 1812 finally established the United States as a country in the eyes of the whole world, for our democracy to really be effective and work for the people. Along with this, and this brings back me back to WWII, most of that war we were losing, and losing badly at that—think Dunkirk—over 70,000 lives lost, over 35,000 ended up in POW camps, tons of supplies and equipment lost—think Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, the Battle of the Bulge. People suffered and died, they had to sacrifice, and I’ve talked to my MIL extensively about this because she grew up in this time, people sacrificed they didn’t like it, but they did it because they knew it was the right thing to do. We didn’t give up because we realized that by giving up we’d lose more than just a war, we’d lose our credibility, and our ability to function in the world, and that millions of people would be subject to dictators, and injustice. We need to do what is right, right now, just like our grandparents did 60 years ago, and finish the war in Iraq, and finish it such that the Iraqis have a country they control.
The media keep comparing the war in Iraq to the Vietnam War; it will only be this, if we leave now. There can be a victorious ending, if we are willing to just dig and ride out the storm. I’m tired of it all too, like so many of you, but I realize that to quit now will mean we’ve broken our promises as a nation, but also as human beings to other human beings, and I can’t live with that.
So to the Iraq Study Group I say you didn’t do your homework right the first time, go back and try again, and next time give us a solution that leaves us with some balls, credibility and helps us not abandon those who’ve we’re promised to help.
Filed under Life in General
Holy Cow….you quoted me. I’m flattered. But I just found out that James Baker, the head of the ISG, is part of a law frim (Baker-Botts) that is currently representing Saudis who have been sued by 9/11 victims. Hmmmm, that’s not a conflict of interest now isn’t it? I swear, do the people in charge really think we are that stupid? I don’t know, but it’s frustrating all the same.
Until yesterday I would have thought yes, they think we’re that stupid. Then I listened to GMA and heard some of the head defense people being questioned about things like, is the Al-Qaida Sunni or (sorry the name escapes me – the faction that’s actually fighting the Sunnis). Oh, he says, a combination of both! Moron. Even I know the Al-Qaida is all Sunni. These people are in charge. That’s what scares me.
Short of martial law and building a wall, there will not be an end to terrorism in Iraq regardless of whether troops stay 2 years or 200.
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