This thread has sort of spread out from Iran to
other countries concerned and the war, in general,
and along this line is the fact of how Americans
perceive the Islamic, in general, in those countries.
One of the mistakes Americans make is to group
all the Islamic people of the world as one
group. A common mistake here is to group the
Afghan people together and equate them as the
same as Al Qaeda. I have seen a number of people
group the Iraqis and jihadists together assuming
they all hate America. Nothing could be
further from the truth. Actually many Islamic
people come in very different flavors just as
Christians do. Grouping all Islamic together
with Al Qaeda is just as stupid as grouping
Christians together with Hitler and his SS.
One of the reasons for this mistake is the
fact that many Islamic people live in a fear
society such as Iran's and Afghanistan's society
which was previously under the Taliban government.
In these societies people are forced to mouth
support for the present government no matter what
they really believe. To understand this more
completely, if this thought is alien to you, you
might want to read something like the following
This book will also give you some insights into
Bush's thinking on bringing democracy to Iraq
and Afghanistan. This book was on Bush's night
stand next to his bed for sometime and I believe
has been an influence on him. His rhetoric on
bringing democracy to Iraq probably has a lot
of basis on facts brought on in this book.
Osama bin Laden and others like him are a very small
portion of the Islamic population. Their goal is
to rule over the entire Islamic population and mold
that population to their definition of Islam. Their
definition of Islam represents pretty much what you
saw in Afghanistan under the Taliban government.
Their brand of Islam is definitely not shared with
the majority of Afghanistan or Iraq.
I just heard a day or so back on the news that seven
raids in Saudi Arabia by government forces have
just killed and captured Saudi members of Al Qaeda.
Among those killed were the leader of Al Qaeda in Saudi
This attack in Saudi is a very good example of Islamic
forces siding with the US. Also this attack in Saudi
would not have taken place if the US had not attacked
into Iraq. I covered this subject in detail, I believe,
in one of my other posts, and thought this would be
good time to remind everyone of how the Iraq attack
served to change Saudi behavior in their homeland.
Last night I was watching a news report that showed
US troops patrolling in Iraq. These troops were
surrounded with Iraqi kids. You could see the admiration
and friendliness in the kids faces as they interacted
with the troops. Seeing this I thought of Michael
Yon's report on Iraqi people and thought it would be
worth including here. This is from his August 16,2005
page of his web site.
Michael Yon, who you all know reports right from
center of action is one of the great sources detailing
how the war is becoming Iraqis VS. the jihadists.
Here is a cut and paste from his August 16 post on
his net site.
Michael Yon's comments on ISF
The friendly forces in Iraq are also an amalgamation.
In Iraq as a whole, the Coalition is comprised of
soldiers from many countries. But here in Mosul,
the "Coalition" is almost entirely US, charged
with building the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF),
while simultaneously keeping the insurgents at
bay until the ISF can take over. Building the
ISF is part of a larger plan that will allow
our people to come home, without leaving a wounded
Iraq victim to septic fundamentalism from within,
or invasion from opportunistic neighbors.
Some definitions: The ISF includes the Iraqi
Police (IP), Iraqi Army (IA), Iraqi National
Guard (ING), Border Patrol (BP), and sundry
other groups, each with their own initials.
Every month, the ISF becomes a greater and
more proximate threat to FRE and extremists
groups throughout Iraq. This is borne out in
a most ironic fashion; evidence of the growing
competence and capability of ISF shouts from
the headlines as the Iraqi government itself
becomes the primary focus of insurgent attacks.
Gone are the days when the FREs and extremists
in Mosul chased police from their stations and
ravaged entire neighborhoods at will. Today,
the ISF kills and captures enemy every day in
Mosul, something that seldom makes news.
In my own dispatches I rarely mention these
successes, yet I see or hear about small operations
every day, collecting in ever larger pools of
confidence and stability. There's no time to
write about each event; this would be like
trying to describe every raindrop that hits
the windshield while keeping up with a fast
moving storm. Eventually, a competent witness
must stop taking notes, and step back to see
the storm for what it is.
Eventually all the opposition to the war is going
to have to deal with the fact that the US is winning.
Iran has probably already factored this in, and is
doing their best to get the new government to favor