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I have a problem with . . . September 2, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in Iraq.
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This started as a list of ten and one post. It got long. So here are the first five things I have a problem with about the Iraq War/Global War on Terrorism. The next five will appear tomorrow.

1. Casting the Iraq War as part of the War on Terrorism.

How this is still allowed to happen is beyond me. Even years after it was shown that any links between the Baathist regime in Iraq and Al Qaeda were tenuous at best people continue to believe that Iraq had something to do with 9/11. Regardless, most of us now see that Iraq, in its current state is nothing more than a breeding ground for terrorists and insurgents. Prior to the U.S. invasion Iraq was, along with North Korea, on the list of states least likely to experience a terrorist attack. Fascist and totalitarian regimes have few problems with strife such as terrorism, they kill everyone who oppposes them and rule through their own terror.

Look no further than the State Department’s own assessment, pre-9/11, all the way back, to the year 2000.

The report addresses Iraq, specifically, as well as the other six nations on the State Department’s list of terrorist sponsoring states (Afghanistan and its Taliban regime were NOT on that list in 2000).

On Iraq the report says, in its introduction:

“Iraq continued to provide safehaven and support to a variety of Palestinian rejectionist groups, as well as bases, weapons, and protection to the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian terrorist group that opposes the current Iranian regime.”

I do not see the words Al Qaeda there, do you? Opposes the current Iranian regime? Sounds like a cousin-in-law of mine, ahem, I mean ally.

The report goes on to say:

“Iraq planned and sponsored international terrorism in 2000. Although Baghdad focused on antidissident activity overseas, the regime continued to support various terrorist groups. The regime has not attempted an anti-Western terrorist attack since its failed plot to assassinate former President Bush in 1993 in Kuwait.”

Since 1993, huh? Note the word antidissident. This is what totalitarian regimes do, suppress through their own terror, as I said above. There is a lot more information in the report that I won’t summarize here, but you get it, Iraq shouldn’t really be part of this War on Terror.

Iraq has only become part of the War on Terror because it was the chosen battle ground. Chosen by the U.S. but not arbitrarily. The Iraq War, like many wars of the future will be, is about oil. Naivete will get us nowhere.

2. Casting the war on terror as the “defining struggle of the 21st century,” a century only 5 years old.

It is not possible to characterize an entire century based on 5 years, plain and simple.

3. Casting the war on terror alongside WWII.

Fascists, an Axis of Evil, Rummy calling war critics “appeasers,” as Chamberlain was in his day. All part of the grand plan to ensure the public sees the War on Terror (and thus the war in Iraq) in gradiose terms.

4. Demanding that the terrorists “hate our freedom.”

This is patently absurd. What the hell? Who thought up this propaganda? Hate our freedom? Could we be more vague?

It’s more likely that the terrorists hate our meddling. They are violent not just because they are crazy but because they have been paying attention. The United States has a blatant agenda to increase its hegemony in the oil rich Middle East. An agenda fed by an oil-worshipping society. A society swilling oil at a rate unfathomable in past decades. Unfortunately for our oil addiction the region happens to be the center of the three major monotheistic religions of the world. Holy sites abound for Jews, Muslims and Christians alike.

Our troops have been a permanant presence in places like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait since well before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Post-Gulf War, the Middle East became a stomping ground for U.S. military might, evidenced, in part, by the issue period for the military’s Southwest Asia Service Medal (Aug. 2, 1990-Nov. 30, 1995) and actions such as 1998’s Operation Desert Fox. Lo and behold, some really violent, crazy people took notice. Meddling in these holy areas, militarily, and politically made some people angry, big surprise there. It is this increasing meddling and continued staunch support for Israel that has Muslim fundamentalists foaming at the mouth, not our vaunted “freedoms.”

5. Refusal to acknowledge obvious civil war, 10,000 Iraqis have died in factional violence in the last four months alone.

It can’t be semantics that determine policy, that doesn’t work. Acknowledge the reality for what it is. Factional fighting that kills 10,000 people is definitely civil war. Bombings, shootings, death squads, this all reeks of ethnic cleansing, genocide, aimed at a power grab.

How are the Balkans, anyway?

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