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"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." - John Philpot Curran

4/07/2008

The Fruits of Interventionism

President Bush on the war in Iraq:
    Our enemies in Iraq are good at filling hospitals, but they do not build any. They can incite men to murder and suicide, but they cannot inspire men to live, and hope, and add to the progress of their country. The terrorists' only influence is violence, and their only agenda is death.

    Our agenda, in contrast, is freedom and independence, security and prosperity for the Iraqi people. And by removing a source of terrorist violence and instability in the Middle East, we also make our own country more secure.

    Our coalition has a clear goal, understood by all -- to see the Iraqi people in charge of Iraq for the first time in generations. America's task in Iraq is not only to defeat an enemy, it is to give strength to a friend -- a free, representative government that serves its people and fights on their behalf. And the sooner this goal is achieved, the sooner our job will be done.
The reality, however, is that the Iraqi people are facing threats they never knew before -- even under the dictatorial regime of Saddam Hussein. From Newsweek:
    The insurgents have been driven out of her southwest Baghdad neighborhood, but the 30-year-old shop assistant is still frightened. A year ago Al Qaeda in Iraq ruled the streets outside her home, and Mahdi Army militia units kept the area under relentless attack. Now the Iraqis who helped get rid of the killers are the ones who scare her. The Americans imposed order a few months ago by recruiting and paying local men to turn in the names of suspected jihadists. Similar armed groups have popped up all around the city. Each has its own bizarre rules; some threaten to kill women who don't wear veils in public. The shop assistant is in mourning for her brother, who was killed last May, but she's asking for trouble if she wears black more than three days running. According to the new enforcers in her neighborhood, anyone who dresses in mourning is committing blasphemy by questioning the will of God. ...

    ... Saddam's Iraq at least offered women the protection of enforced secularism; they were encouraged to study at universities and to pursue professional careers. That changed in the 1990s as the dictator began to rely on tribal sheiks to prop up his rule, while U.N. sanctions drove families into poverty and reduced opportunities for women. Americans arriving in 2003 hoped to make the new Iraq a showcase for gender equality. But women's advocates say that dream fell by the wayside as violence engulfed the country.
Another "liberation" success story.

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2 Comments:

Blogger BadTux said...

Quit bringing those "fact" thingies into our President's little crusade for, err, whatever. Why, any minute now, freedom will ring in Iraq, women will have their freedoms again, and there will be a pony in every driveway in Iraq. PINK ponies, with ribbons in their manes. Glory hallaleujah, AMEN!

BTW, did you catch Petraeus and Crocker's testimony yesterday. Apparently they pretty much said we're in Iraq for a hundred years. Just like Johnny McInsane sez.

And so it goes, as Dear Leader continues to prove that he hasn't a friggin' clue what he got us into or how to get us out of it... and his possible successor Johnny Mac doesn't seem much brighter on that count. And in the meantime somewhere between 100,000 and 1,000,000 Iraqis are dead, 4000+ U.S. soldiers are dead and probably another 40,000 permanently disabled (modern body armor does great to preserve lives, but their arms and legs still get blown off), and our so-called "leaders" hold circuses in New Rome on the Potomac to glorify their mistakes...

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

4/9/08, 12:39 PM  
Blogger Lee Shelton IV said...

Don't lose faith in Washington. A century in Iraq does not a quagmire make. That would take at least 200 years.

4/9/08, 1:20 PM  

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