Red Star Tribune Wrong on Iraq...Again
Once again, The Red Star Tribune shows its political bias, this time in their editorial, "October's Toll: 103."
Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., spoke at the National Press Club last week on Republican Senate prospects in the coming election; she heads the GOP's Senate campaign committee. On Iraq, she warned, ominously, that if the United States withdraws now, Iran and Syria will move into Iraq.
So what, we would have asked, is your point? The U.S. misadventure in Iraq has been so thoroughly botched by the Bush administration that, sooner or later, Iran and Syria most likely will get to involve themselves in Iraq no matter what. How does "staying the course" accomplish anything beyond getting more Americans, and Iraqis, killed?
Although the Red Star Tribune has a point when it says that our staying in Iraq will result in more American soldiers being killed by terrorists, one has to challenge their claim that pulling out will result in fewer Iraqi's being killed. At least, that's how that last sentence read...if staying the course will get more Iraqi's killed, then, by extension, withdrawing immediately, should reduce the number of Iraqi's killed. Right?
There is no doubt that the only thing preventing an all out civil war, with one side being the al-Qaeda terrorists, another being the sectarian death squads, leaving the fledgling democracy of Iraq in stuck in the middle.
The terrorists want a Muslim state governed by Sharia Law. Iraq is a place where they believe they can achieve this goal if the Coalition disolves and the U.S. pulls out of Iraq.
Moreover, follow the thought a bit further: Who says other countries in the region would let Syria and Iran, or anyone else, turn Iraq into a threatening puppet state? Surely Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and a few others would have something to say about that.
The terrorists are made up of Muslims from many nations, not limited to indigenous thugs, but Jordanians, like the late al-Zarqawi, as well as Egyptians, Syrians, Palestininas. and let's not forget about those Iranians that keep sneaking across the border to muck up the works, and supplying the terrorists with weapons. Terrorists have also been streaming across the border from Syria, which has been serving as a jumping off point, into Iraq.
There is no doubt that Syria would love to have Iraq as a puppet state, especially with those rich oil fields. Iran sees it as a brother in Islam, that should adopt Sharia.
Regardless of whether you believe the War in Iraq is/was just is no longer the issue. The issue is whether or not we want to help the majority of Iraqi's achieve a Democratic form of self-government, or abandon them to the terrorists and the death squads, who will set Bagdad in flames, and let the streets run red with the blood of millions who the terrorists consider to be kafirs.
It is obvious to me that the editorial board at the Red Star Tribune has not red The Looming Tower. They should, as then they would have a clearer understanding of what is going on in the Middle East.