Stands to Lose in Iraq?
Written by JB Williams
Despite all the well
known American successes in Iraq,
sectarian religious infighting between Sunnis and Shiites now threatens the
ultimate success and future peaceful self-governance of a nation on the edge of
civil war. If the march towards peace and self determination as a free country
fails, it will not be America’s
loss, but rather that of the Iraqi people.
Ahmadinejad has suggested that Washington
and Israel were
the ones who benefited from the terrorist attack that targeted Samarra’s
Golden Dome. “They invade the shrine
and bomb it because they oppose God and justice,” Ahmadinejad
said, referring to the U.S.
forces in Iraq.
“These passive activities are the acts
of a group of defeated Zionists and occupiers who intended to hit our emotions.”
Addressing the United States,
he added: “You have to know that such
an act will not save you from the anger of Muslim nations.” In
other words, the Iranian President hopes to get the most bang for his
It’s no surprise
that such an act would incite a sectarian backlash in Iraq,
if not the entire Middle East, or that such a violent
backlash would actually threaten the US
led progress towards a united democratic Iraq.
So making the case that the US and Israel could somehow benefit from such a self
defeating act is tougher than convincing most Americans that today’s Democrats
like anything at all about America.
The simple fact is, as
pressure mounts in the Iranian nuclear standoff and the IAEA deadline nears,
nobody stood to gain more from the bombing of that Mosque than Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in desperate need of an international diversion and
those Iranians intent upon developing nuclear weapons under the guise of
defending itself from an otherwise non-existent western aggression.
In case you have
has never been a friend to Iraq
or anyone else in the region. Other than hating Israel,
government had nothing in common with Iraq
under Saddam Hussein’s rule, and it has even less in common with the
prospect of a peaceful free democratic Iraq.
The notion that Iran’s
government supports the will of the Iraqi people is just plain silly.
The Osama Bin Laden News
Network, otherwise known as Al Jazerra, works relentlessly to stir up dissent
against the west through its daily anti-western propaganda, like its recent
“Did the Iran-West
nuclear standoff come to an end?” which accuses the Arab
world of “appeasing” the west and challenges Iran to remain defiant,
asking its Arab readers “In this
climate of inflamed passions, can Iran let down its people by ceasing its
had nothing to gain by inciting the sectarian riots in Iraq.
But Iran sure
did. More important however is the question of who stands to lose anything in Iraq?
This notion that America
is losing in Iraq
is just plain hogwash propaganda as America’s
primary objective for Iraq
was accomplished the day Saddam Hussein and his brutal regime was removed from
power. The balance of our effort is on behalf of the innocent Iraqi people and
their agenda for a peaceful free democratic self-determination. Clearly, in our
interests, but even more in the interest of the Iraqi people.
This being the case, only
the Iraqi people have anything to lose in Iraq today and most of them know it,
including the many religious leaders who have recently helped to calm the
rioting by calling for peaceful protests rather than continued violence and
has a long history of defending its own freedom and liberty by securing the
same for others around the globe. It’s a simple concept really. History
has proven repeatedly that nations able to peacefully feed themselves, who have
a say in their own circumstance and future, seldom have any motive to invite
pain, suffering and death upon themselves by striking at their neighbors.
people resort to violent means only when they have no other voice, no other
alternative for family survival. When they live in tyranny or very real and
often very violent oppression, they are reduced to violent means in order to
survive. This has been life in much of the Middle East
since the beginning of recorded time.
Then there are those who
are unable to coexist in peace with others under any circumstances. The terror
organizations we war with today, those who took down the World
are such a people. They believe that all non-believers, all infidels, those who
do not subscribe to the fundamental violent teachings of Mohammed or the
complete destruction of Israel, even if they claim the Muslim faith, must be
eradicated from the earth.
They believe that anyone
who supports the notion of a peaceful existence for Israel
is a “Zionist” and an infidel and they believe that they must be
killed. That includes all Jews, and pretty much every westerner in the EU or
“They” includes Iraq’s
nutty neighbor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who seeks nuclear weapons and has
repeatedly openly called for the total destruction of Israel.
The war in Iraq
is a war between innocent Iraqi citizens who very much desire a peaceful and
prosperous existence in the free world and terrorists like Zarqawi, who are
determined to keep that from happening. American soldiers fought and died to
free innocent Iraqis from the brutal tyranny of Saddam Hussein and now they
fight and die to keep Iraq
from falling into the hands of madmen like Zarqawi, Bin Laden or quite frankly,
were to leave Iraq
without finishing the job, it would be at the expense of innocent Iraqi
citizens, not Americans. America
can save the lives of our soldiers by withdrawing from Iraq
and many Americans have selfishly called for the administration to do exactly
could survive such a move, at least for the present time. But more than likely,
Iraq could not.
The current American administration knows this and remains committed to
completing the mission in Iraq,
at the expense of its own popularity at home and in many parts of the world.
does not own Iraq
or its oil rights. The Iraqi people do. America
can not guarantee the future of Iraq
to its citizens - it can only guarantee its citizens the chance to determine
their own future. The Iraqi people must grasp that chance and take up the fight
to make it a reality. Not even the world’s remaining super-power can do
it for them. They must do it for themselves.
has provided that opportunity. But it will not be America’s
failure if the Iraqi people fail to take hold of that opportunity. No…
That failure will belong to the Iraqi people and all peoples of the Middle
East who desire a peaceful free coexistence in the world.
can not lose in Iraq.
Only Iraq can
lose if they fail to rise to the challenge presented by terror regimes scattered
and much of the Middle East. So let’s stop
pretending that this war is about America,
it isn’t. It’s about the future of Iraq
now and how their future might become a catalyst for peace throughout the Middle
East in the years ahead.
The debate over regime
change in Iraq
is long over - the regime has already been changed. What is at stake now is not
future, but Iraq’s.
A free democratic Middle East was never going to be
easy. But it is a worthwhile ambition, one well on its way, and one now
Those who stand opposed
here or abroad, are not opposing America,
they are opposing the future freedom and peace of the Iraqi people. Let’s
be clear about that!