Fresh car bombings in Iraq bring a fresh wave of "They want us gone!" chants.
do. But they anti-war people refer to the wrong they
in those chants.
Of course there are people in Iraq who resent and resist the presence of the U.S. and coalition forces. They are the same people who resent and resist democracy. Basically, they are terrorists and thugs, leftover scraps of Saddam's army. And really, why would
they want us there?
In a democracy such as the one being formed in Iraq, there is no room on the governing council for terrorists. There are no government employment forms with a blank space that says: List all thuggery experience here
are the people who will suffer the most from the absence of a brutal dictatorship. They are the people who lost jobs and whose gravy train has come to a grinding halt.
I imagine that among the insurgents, radicals, resistance or whatever you want to call these groups (I prefer the term murdering terrorists, myself), are those who had lively careers under the tutelage of Saddam.
The guy who was in charge of dragging people out of their homes to vote on Election Day.
The guy who rounded up "volunteers" to carry signs during Saddam's birthday celebrations.
They guy who sharpened the axes that were used in the beheadings.
The guy who drove the bulldozer that covered the bodies of dead Kurds.
The guy who rounded up young women for Uday to rape.
The guy who was in charge of the children's prison.
All of the men who murdered, tortured, raped and imprisoned innocent Iraqis at Saddam's behest.
So yes, of course they want the U.S. gone. With the new form of governing that we bring to Iraq, the careers of these men are basically in the toilet. No longer will Saddam's opulence trickle down to them. No longer will they be able to kill at will or use their power for evil. At least not with government approval.
So when I see a photo like this one
or a report like this
Dozens of people gathered around two of the vehicles damaged in the blast, hammering on them, waving debris and jumping on their roofs, chanting: "America is the enemy of God."
I just have to think to myself, who would bomb people who are working on the infrastructure of their country? What kind of person would kill the very people who are trying to rebuild the electricity grid?
The answer seems pretty obvious. It would have to be someone who does not want the infrastructure rebuild. Someone who does not want the city put back together with better electricity than it had before. Someone who does not want schools and hospitals built, someone who does not want new roadways installed or markets to open.
For all intents and purposes, we will call these people terrorists. Why? Because they are. No square quotes. Just the word. Terrorists. Replace the they
in the opening paragraph here with terrorists
Fresh car bombings in Iraq bring a fresh wave of "Terrorists want us gone!" chants.
The terrorists hate us. The terrorists do not want us in their country.
As Homer would say, Doh!
It was obvious all along, wasn't it?
Now, this could all very well be conjecture on my part, but based on what I've seen and what I've read, I don't think so. Also, common sense tells me that people who lived under an oppressive, tyrannical, death squad regime, people who lived in squalor and fear while others who bowed to the evil principles of said regime lived in luxury and without fear, they would want the coalition forces there. They would want
change and want
I listen to Ali an Omar
. I listen to Zeyad
. I listen to Ays
. I listen to Alaa, who says
bq. Dear Mr. President
Calm seas and easy winds do not test a ship’s worthiness, but it is the tempest and the hurricane that show her true metal. Strength is measured by the intensity of stress that can be withstood. And here we see you standing like a mountain towering over the raging elements.
I would hope that the majority of Iraqis are of the same thinking. Do you think the people benefiting from and smiling because of Spirit of America
are shouting for us to go home? I doubt it.
I would assume (and yes, I know all about assumptions) that the terrorists are in the minority. Unfortunately, it is the minority who have the guns, bombs and means to strike out at what they consider their enemy. Which would be democracy. The U.S. and coalition presence represent that enemy so it would stand to reason that they would gather their forces and put their career skills - honed under Saddam's regime - to use.
There's also another they
at play here. See, the bombers and shooters are not always Iraqi. Sometimes they are from Jordan or Libya. Sometimes they are members of al-Qaeda or one of those AQ offshoots. So why would they care if democracy was coming to Iraq? Simple. There would be one less country in which they could hide out. One less country to trade weapons and ammunition with. One less country to recruit from. And one more country that the godless Americans are ruining for them. To them, the war in Iraq represents several things: an opportunity to kill Americans; a way to make American and it's nation building dreams look bad; a way to destroy the confidence American citizens have in their country; a way to possibly bring down the Evil American Empire; a way to recruit new members into their martyr's brigade, a brigade whose main purpose is to destroy everyone who does not follow their way of life.
So, who wants us out of Iraq? Who are those people dancing around the charred bodies of fellow Iraqis? Who are these people not only murdering their own countrymen, but destroying any progress being made towards democracy and stability?
My bet is that they are not
ordinary Iraqi citizens. My bet is on terrorists. And frankly, I really don't care what they want or what they think. They can jump up and down and curse the USA all they want, it does not make their cause noble just because they are "protesting" against the horrible, evil people of the United States of America, despite what the people over here
The people chanting "God is Great, America is Evil!" and the people dancing around bodies and smiling in the face of their dead countrymen are of the same mold (and sometimes the same people) who beheaded Nick Berg, who hung the bodies in Fallujuah, who killed Daniel Pearl, who crashed a few airplanes on September 11, 2001. They hate us. They always did. And now, we are in their
zone, in their
part of the world, trying to take away their guns and power. Of course they hate us. Of course they will do anything to stop the transfer of power, to stop the forthcoming democracy.
That's who they
are. And yes, they want us gone. Too bad.
Of course, this only what I surmise from what I take in. I am not speaking for Iraqis. They speak well enough for themselves and from Omar right down to the Iraqi governing council, I can pretty much assume (there I go again) that they're not standing arm in arm with the terrorists who are killing their own people.