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Love, honor, shame and hubris in Iraq
Despite all the talk about a “surge,” there is still much which needs to be said about Iraq, and to a lesser extent, Afghanistan. This exercise will require the painting of some very broad and even painful strokes.
There are of course, on the surface, the all-too-familiar debacles. How could these impending defeats have happened to “the greatest military power on Earth?” If the reasons for the invasion were wrong, or outright lies to conceal the real agenda, how can the occupation ever be made right?
As such, one might wonder about the real reasons behind the invasions?
Few can understand the most obvious reason — that Islam is one of the last barriers to the emerging World Government, this along with the gun-owning American patriot. (Personally I hate guns, but Pol Pot and his men killed two million people during Year Zero with hammers and saws.)
We should understand by now that Islam’s traditional morals get in the way of a would-be trillion dollar economy of pornography, drugs, condoms, abortion, fetal tissue, cloning, patents on the human genome, MTV, gang clothes, alcohol and other vices.
Let us ask if the 2003 invasion of Iraq was launched to fulfill Bible prophecy by so called “End Times Christians reading too many Hal Lindsey books?
Was it meant to break up Iraq into three little states which would be unable to challenge the U.S. or Israel? (I doubt our leaders are that smart.) Was all of this the workings of the Project for a New American Century, AIPAC, the Council on Foreign Relations or some other allegedly nefarious group? Some hidden New World Order or even “Antichrist” elite operating from secret chambers? Or do George W. Bush and Tony Blair fly by the seat of their collective pants?
There are those who claim over 650,000 Iraqis, mostly civilians, are dead. Some may rightfully dispute this number, as if an exact account is possible in a country where overwhelmed morgues are turning away bodies in droves. This Neocon invasion happened all because the U.S. felt the need to get rid of a murderer and dictator we had trained, financed and armed. It’s fair enough to say “We created him, so it’s our responsibility to get rid of him.”
And make no mistake, Islamic militants did not start the war in Iraq — Dubya did. Why?
First, Saddam tried to kill his father, George Bush Sr. (We can understand the son’s anger about that, if not applaud it).
Second, Lil’ Bushie-Bushie read a book about democracy written by Natan Sharansky, a former Soviet refusenik, (a smart, decent man) who gained notoriety in the Israeli Knesset. After reading this book, Bush Jr. decided to democratize the entire Middle East. He quoted from this book ad nauseum at his second inauguration. The question remains, if Natan Sharansky had written a book about Gumby, would we all be riding around now on an orange horse?
We all know Saddam had no connection to 9-11. Yet I believe he did have WMD’s which were quickly moved to the Sudan, Syria or perhaps even that Stalinist outpost of Belarus over the past decade or so. The U.S. Congress held hearings about Saddam’s massive involvement with his army in the Sudan. Then the issue quickly faded out of the public eye. Why do you suppose? Did our government not want to scare the public or ruffle Wall Street?
British Intelligence, Blair, the CIA, Dubya and his cabal (as correctly chided by everyone from Paul Craig Roberts to Paul Sperry) have acted shamefully at various levels. This should be chilling to all decent Americans who value truth. Only liars tolerate other liars. And no lie occurs in a vacuum, rather only to cover up other lies. Just ask Joseph Wilson and his blonde wife Mrs. Plame, who risked so much for this great country of ours.
Consider that American soldiers (about 80 percent are at least nominal Christians, Catholics and Protestants/Evangelicals) have now effectively run most Iraqi Christians out of their own country by installing the radical Shiites to power in Iraq. Is that true irony or what? Of course we all know from a recent Sixty Minutes interview with a true “Happy Clappy” insider how evangelicals have been used to the nth degree by this administration.
With almost 3,000 dead and 20,000 serious casualties, again, we must ask, “Why?”
There was a greater freedom of worship for Iraqi Christians under Saddam than after “liberation.” And as non-state and sub/micro-state actors (Fatah, Hezbollah) and supra-national actors (al-Qaeda, Islamic jihad) continue to fill the coming power vacuume, things might get even worse in the Middle East for everyone who doesn’t support their particular brand of religion.
What about all the missing U.S. development aid which Paul Bremmer couldn’t account for? He couldn’t fly in some accountants? Where is the outrage of the U.S. taxpayer? We’re talking billions here. These thieves should be in prison wearing orange coveralls.
(As an aside, the December 5th, 2006 edition of the USA Today reported that a billion dollars has been wasted on training the Afghan police force. No one knows how many police were trained, what equipment they have or where it is. Again, where is the outrage as America bankrupts itself?)
How could our military have trained so few Iraqi soldiers in all this time and with all that money? I could have trained a battalion myself over the past few years. Why dismantle the entire Iraqi Army and purge every single Baathist from power? Was that smart? Is this the best our military, the CIA, DIA, the State Department, Rand Corporation and so-called Ivy League “elite” can come up with?
Can you explain how a radical Shiite government in Iraq, allied with Iran and chanting “Death to America” helps American interests? It’s just insane and it is getting increasingly harder to focus on the reality in Iraq, or what must go on in the minds of Cheney, Bush Jr. and Halliburton.
As a plus, the Kurds, the largest ethnic group in the world without a country, may finally get their own state. (The Karen, Hmong, Montagnards, Kampas, Afrikaners, Zimbabwean farmers, UNITA remnant and South Sudanese should take notice.) Yet based on the report from the Iraq Study Goup, it appears the Kurds might be betrayed yet again. (Three Kings II anyone?)
As for the future of Iraq, we have created such a mess that things may not shake out the way the U.S. or the West would like. Of course, things didn’t have to turn out this way.
From the very beginnings of Shock and Awe we had no real plan for occupation. U.S. Special Forces bribed Iraqi commanders with briefcases filled with cash as a means to make them abandon their positions. (This was not a very good introduction to capitalism).
Then we failed to secure an important Iraqi museum which was soon was looted. Great and priceless treasures of human antiquity were lost. This was a horrible mistake as it set a tone for anarchy. In fact, it was so stupid from a tactical point of view it stupefies the imagination. When questioned about this, former Secretary Donald Rumsfeld simply said “Democracy is messy.”
Well, so is a diaper! That’s why a baby needs constant attention.
And what good is a brand of democracy in the Middle East which brings to power Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Shiites in Iraq and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt?
Want an exit strategy? Sure, with multi-billion dollar bases, the most luxurious embassy ever built, air power and oil involved, was there ever a plan to leave Iraq?
Ever truly ponder Rummy’s “light footprints” of a rapid moving, fluid military? Does this include women in combat, women with babies in combat, women with little children (like my friend Cecilia) in combat and as Sixty Minutes reported, calling up a 60 year old grandmother?
Further, does this include our troops hunting for scrap metal to protect themselves and the families of servicemen and women mailing off body armor and other equipment the military should be providing? But we’ve got oodles of money to send the ANC, the United Nations and God knows who else? (The “Bridge to Nowhere” in Alaska comes to mind).
“Look, Grandma mailed the soldiers cookies!”
“Look, Grandma mailed the soldiers body armor!”
“Look, Grandma mailed the soldiers … Grandma!”
This is America?
Why wasn’t a 60 year old grannie on the beach at D-Day?
Then, to control people with vice, alcohol and prostitution were legalized almost right away in Iraq by the U.S. forces. If you look at MTV you will see why Muslims fear America. Our culture is disgusting. Things we would have shunned even in 1990 are now not only openly tolerated but celebrated. Legalizing such vices in Iraq probably alienated many Muslims. Islam is a genuine religious faith and we should respect its higher morals, especially its stance against the murder of children through abortion, resistance to pornography and other wickedness.
Not many Americans realize that scores of Iraqi doctors and professors are being murdered on an almost daily basis. How does this bode for the future? Why aren’t professional mercenaries from South Africa and ex-SAS protecting them, or even trying to?
Trick or Treat at Abu Ghraib was beyond disgusting and has forever damaged the image of America. Our soldiers and the Vlakplas archetype mercenaries were beyond cruel. Where is their honor? Where is their love? Where is their humanity?
The rape of Abeer Qasim Hamza, the 15 year old Iraqi girl (because she was so pretty) her subsequent murder and the murder of her family (and a very small child) to conceal this sick ritual was beyond disgusting. The U.S. soldiers involved with this should be summarily executed. They are beyond inhuman and shame all of us. This is America? No wonder everyone hates us.
As Patrick Buchanan recently wrote in “The Stability Problem, Solved,” a brilliant article which was just published, “What is the cause of the impending collapse of the U.S. position across the Middle East? We put democratist ideology ahead of national interests. We projected our ideas of what is right, true and inevitable onto people who do not share them. We tried to impose our will with our military power, which is more effective at killing Arab enemies than winning Arab hearts.”
That said, can the various factions in Iraq make peace, after all of the rape and murder of their own, by their own? I really doubt it. Iran and Syria (in plain sight) as well as Russia and China (in the shadows) won’t sit by and allow things to work in a way not to their own liking(s). You can count on it.
Other questions we might consider about Iraq, our foreign policy and culture run across a wide spectrum;
What about the fresh water from the Tigris and Euphrates? Israel is running out of water. Has a pipeline been proposed? (A few years back, Tony Blair was caught trying to broker a fresh water pipeline from Kurdistan to North Cyprus and then across to Israel).
What about Iraq’s oil?
What of Iraq falling into Iran’s orbit?
What about the proposed oil pipeline going through Afghanistan?
If the U.S. is the so-called, “Great Satan” and Islam is so pure, why is so much heroin coming out of Lebanon/Syria and Afghanistan? Do these Muslims know what their drugs do to people in the West? Do they also have no shame, no humanity and no honor? What would Malcolm X say? (Obviously most Muslims would be against this).
What about America’s MTV culture trying to turn Allah McBeal into Ally McBeal in the Middle East and Central Asia? (To this writer, that is the real issue in the battle between civilizations. It is the major, even singular untold story. That being the sexual liberation of Islamic women. You can see this in rare glimpses, like through the emerging agenda and friendship between Bill Clinton and Queen Rania of Jordan).
Along this line of thought, concerning the neocons and the whole Allah McBeal issue, Paul Craig Roberts wrote on Antiwar.com;
“The Jacobins of the French Revolution were going to transform not only France but also all of Europe, but no such thing happened despite the abolition of feudalism in 1792 by the National Assembly, the guillotine, and France’s military dominance of Europe for two decades.”
The Bolsheviks were going to transform Russia, but after 75 years of an unaccountable Communist Party, Russia has emerged more capitalist than when the Communist transformation of Russia began.
Mao undertook to transform China by exterminating landlords, merchants, and private property, but today China is emerging as the leading capitalist power of our time.
There was no skimping on the expenditure of human life in behalf of the great cause to remake human society. Victims of the Communist “transformation” of Russia and China number in the tens of millions.
All of these outcomes reinforce the genuine conservative’s confidence in Edmund Burke. The only people who are intent on repeating the mistakes of the past are the neoconservatives, who believe they can remake the Islamic world in America’s image.
In the face of the total failure of their plan to remake Iraq and Afghanistan, neoconservatives continue to say that America must deracinate Islam and put in its place a women’s-rights democracy. On National Public Radio recently, neoconservative Joshua Muravchik reaffirmed that it was America’s job to remake Islamic society.
Neoconservatism is actually a more extreme form of revolutionary utopianism than that of the Bolsheviks and the Jacobins. The Soviet Communist Party was content with trying to remake Russians. The Jacobins ran out of steam early, and Napoleon reinstituted the old order, dispensing titles of nobility and crowning himself emperor. Only neoconservatives are sufficiently ignorant and delusional as to believe that America’s overthrowing an Arab leader will result in Arab states reconstituting themselves in the West’s image.”
In a parallel to that, what about Palestinian women carrying out suicide terror bombings? That’s not akin to Samson. It’s just E-V-I-L. Saddam gave money to Palestinian families whose members carried out suicide bombings. That’s one of the main reasons that bad boy had to go. Did Saddam have no love, no shame and no honor as he paid off the families of those who murdered innocent Jews?
With that thought in mind, looking at the entire Middle East dynamic, if the Jewish-Muslim situation were reversed, and it was all Jews from Morocco to Indonesia, and from Southern Russia to the Sudan, do you really think all those Jews would being going all out to destroy one tiny Muslim nation the size of New Jersey? Not bloody likely.
What about Central Asian population control? Will the New Age Mother Gaia types allow Iran’s population to continue to grow at such a rate?
What about the U.S. declaring victory in Afghanistan not when bin Laden was captured (he probably never will be) nor the Taliban defeated (they are now busy retaking the country) but rather when “women were liberated from the Taliban.” This is the 21st Century America. The soft America. The America that makes the World War II generation cringe. The America where all the soldiers in our Army get to wear the archetype special forces beret so their “feelings” and “self esteem” aren’t hurt. The America where “America’s Girl” Ashley Judd runs around Washington, D.C. waving her coat hanger. The America which made Alan Greenspan a demigod. The America which abandoned all its traditions and morals to participate in the global economy. (Pornography, weapons sales, MTV values, Hollywood, Madison Avenue, sexualizing pre-teens, slave labor imports from Mainland China, helping to fund the U.N. abortion jihad on and on ad infinitum). Again, have we no pride, no honor and no shame?
I count America having lost four wars in the past six years: there is of course, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Somalia-warlord contest and by proxy, Lebanon. (The latter which America paid for and exactly how does bombing the airport in Beirut help stop Hezbollah? Have the Israeli elite also no love, no shame and no mercy?) The U.S. has been kicked out of Uzbekistan. Bahrain might be the next nation to send our fleet away, never to return.
We woke up one day and the Soviet Union was gone. We woke up the next day and apartheid was gone. Think it’s impossible we’ll wake up one day and find the gang in Washington, D.C. vaporized by a Russian mini-nuke?
Because of Iraq, our military is a wreck. Pat Tlilman, though a brave and great American, died for nothing. Our leaders have been exposed as insane cowards and liars. They still can’t see that Russia and China stand behind almost all of America’s enemies and even non-state actors.
Furthermore, depleted uranium is making many of our soldiers sick, never mind what it is doing to ordinary Iraqis and Afghanis. It’s all just so very, very Christian, isn’t it? Let’s wave the flag and chant a mantra that the center is still holding.
South America, Central America, much of Africa, China and Russia, along with Cuba and North Korea and various drug cartels are aligned against the U.S. Our border with Mexico is a joke and the EU is leaning away from the U.S.
On our side we can count on Australia, the UK, Thailand, Singapore, Israel, Latvia and maybe (and this is a BIG maybe) Bangladesh.
Nuclear war and nuclear terrorism remain very real possibilities though our shopping mall culture does not want to hear this annoying truth. Remember when a man carrying a sign on the street saying “The End is Near … Repent” actually seemed funny instead of prophetic?
We’re in tremendous debt, with both fiscal and trade problems (as Lou Dobbs tries in vain to tell us just about every night on CNN).
Worse of all, our children wear pajamas to school, can’t flush the toilet and in the winter, during the most frigid of days, many children refuse to wear a coat, but rather only a T-shirt. It appears the insanity and the infantilization has spread from top to bottom.
I want America to win in Iraq, but the sad reality is that from the UK to France and from Hong Kong to South Africa, our civilization is either dying or already dead.
In the end, the nightmare in Iraq is merely a symptom of a far greater American disease. Where there is no love, no honor and no shame, there can be only false pride and ultimately, a decay into evil and unreality.
Anthony C. LoBaido lives in St. Louis where is a writer and teacher. He recently returned from Mexico and Guatemala where he filmed an Internet/TV/Mobile pilot aimed at a major network show. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.