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I have to start today's post with a tip of the hat to the Iraqi people, who have seen more than their share of wars and brutal dictatorial regimes. Yesterday, the Iraqis flocked to the polls to vote in huge numbers in democratic elections, despite a string of bombings by what our media refers to as "insurgents" (and what I refer to as cowardly fascist terrorist scumbags). At this point, the "insurgents" don't represent anything but their own fascist wet dreams of power. The "insurgents" are nothing but thugs trying to step on the necks of the Iraqi people, and the Iraqis are sick of them. President Obama was correct when he said yesterday's elections were an "important milestone." Obama also said the following, according to the New York Times:
In Washington, President Obama praised the vote. “I have great respect for the millions of Iraqis who refused to be deterred by acts of violence and who exercised their right to vote today,” he said in a statement. “Their participation demonstrates that the Iraqi people have chosen to shape their future through the political process.”
The attack by the "insurgents" didn't signal the weakness of the Iraqi government. It signaled the weakness and desperation of the "insurgency." The Iraqis were unfazed. They persevered. The Times also reported the following:
The deadliest single attack occurred when what the police said was a Katyusha rocket collapsed an apartment building, located in the Ur neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad. The Interior Ministry said 25 were killed.
Mr. Bedawi, who witnessed the carnage, said the attack hardened the resolve of Iraqis to vote. “Everyone went,” he said. “They were defiant about what happened. Even people who didn’t want to vote before, they went after this rocket.”
The extensive use of mortars and rockets suggested that a weakened insurgency had to shift tactics, perhaps because it was unable to get cars or suicide bombers through an intense security lockdown, with some checkpoints erected every few hundred yards.
The insurgents still fighting in today’s Iraq face a far stronger government, capable now of saturating the country with police officers and soldiers. Even more important, they face an Iraqi people far less willing to support, or even sympathize with, violent resistance against the country’s democratic government. Iraqis, seemingly inured to violence, even mocked the attacks.
“We have experienced three wars before,” Ahmed Ali, a supporter of Mr. Maliki, said in Ur, “so it was just the play of children that we heard.”
There is a lesson here. Though I was against the Iraq war prior to the U.S. invasion, with my thinking being that we were biting off more than we could chew, that a democratic Iraq seemed like such a longshot, I am happy to report it appears I will be wrong. The only way we have reached this point in Iraq is through perseverance. Now, it appears a democratic Iraqi government will be able to stand on it's own, and I thank God for that.
If there is one person on earth responsible for the transformation of Iraq, it is former President George W. Bush. Without his resolve and the resolve of our soldiers, the Iraq war would have failed back in 2006, when cowardly liberal naysayers such as Harry "the war is lost" Reid (D-NV) were ready to give up the fight when things got tough. Imagine where Iraq would be today if the lack of character illustrated by Harry Reid and company had prevailed. I guarantee you Iraq would be far worse off, even though the naysayers would be patting themselves on the back for ending the war (and leaving Iraq in chaos). For all the talk of American imperialism spewed forth from the lefties over the last seven years, it was never about that. We aren't going to run Iraq. The Iraqis are going to run Iraq. It wasn't about a "war for oil" either, which was always a nonsensical notion. The war was about replacing a brutal dictator, Saddam Hussein, with a democratic Iraq that could stand on it's own and provide more stability in the Middle East, a very unstable region. I used to think that was an overly ambitious goal. Today, I think less that way.
There is still work to be done, but perseverance has it's rewards. As a reminder to what we face regarding Islamic terrorism, following is what the Islamofascist terrorist scum want to do. This statement comes from the U.S. born terrorist, Al Qaeda member Adam Gadahn:
“Brother Nidal [the Ft. Hood shooter] is the ideal role-model for every repentant Muslim in the armies of the unbelievers and apostate regimes.”
“You shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that military bases are the only high-value targets in America and the West. On the contrary, we should look for targets which epitomize western decadence, depravity and atheism.
“It is rapidly becoming clear that this already hot global battle is about to get even hotter.This is a war which knows no international borders and knows no single battleground. And that is why I am calling on every honest and vigilent Muslim, unsheath your sharpened sword and rush to take your rightful place among defiant champions of Islam.”
There is no negotiating with this mindset. We must either submit or stamp them out, and obviously, we won't submit. The only thing we can do going forward is to continue the Iraq success, be successful in Afghanistan, assist the Pakistani government in achieving success in Pakistan, stand firm against the Iranians, and continue to improve our intelligence to keep Americans as safe as possible at home. This is the situation we are in, the hand we've been dealt. The only thing to do is persevere.
We also should turn a deaf ear to the defeatists on the left who think America is to blame. That will get us nowhere, and will only make our enemy stronger, which in turn will raise the threat level to Americans and further subjugate the people in the Middle East, who have already suffered so much.