posted on Mar, 28 2006 @ 01:12 PM
First up, this post has no supporting links or facts, it’s just a news junkies opinion on the situation derived from the news in general and how it
changes in regards to Iraq.
Iraq, by any measure is an absolute train wreck. Why? It’s complicated but can be explained quite easily.
Iraq did in fact want to be liberated from Saddam Hussein, Iraqi’s were genuinely happy to see the coalition overthrow the dictator (they were quite
distraught it didn’t happen in 1991). And they were liberated with ease, the Iraqi military was a push over. The plan was simple: The Iraqi’s
would use this new opportunity to create a free society based on a democracy that suited their beliefs and lifestyles that they so desperately wanted.
But after three years, it’s plain as day that the plan didn’t work.
Well what happened? The two main ingredients were there: Quickly ousted dictator and free and happy Iraqi’s. What more do you need to start a
fresh society? Apparently there was an unpredictable flaw in one of the ingredients, and it wasn’t the ousted dictator…
The problem was outside influence powered by agendas that have nothing to do with Iraqi interests. I don’t need to remind anybody how unstable the
Middle East is and the power struggles that have been waging for centuries. Now add a sprinkle of Western hatred and we have a new set of
ingredients: Chaos and disruption.
From a military perspective, Iraq is/was an amazing success. The enemy was decimated when it stood and fought, and is quickly and decisively found
and destroyed when it runs and hides. The enemy today blends in with the general populace and relies on indirect attacks using terror weapons that
kill more civilians than coalition forces. Their routing was a brilliant tactical victory.
The problem is not the military ability of the coalition however, it’s the political failure. Even the overwhelming military success in Iraq cannot
make up for the comedy of errors and dirty deeds politicians have made. And that’s a shame, because ultimately it’s the Iraqis and coalition
soldiers that pay for those mistakes (agendas).
But not so fast, im not actually putting ALL the blame on the COALITION politicians, I only blame them for lack of foresight. I blame the Iranian,
Syrian, Russian, Chinese, French, and Iraq’s leaders for their greed, lack of compassion for the people of the region, and their aspirations of more
power. That’s right, I blame it on them.
It’s easy. The Iraqis were about to have it made, they were free AND willing to start something special, something that could have been fantastic
for them. But foreign powers had different plans.
The Iranians and Syrians have been proven to provide people, training, money, and arms to the “Iraqi” resistance. Iran and Syria paid and
threatened their way into the Iraqi populace after crossing unprotected borders. They prayed on scared or confused Iraqi’s and used them as
suicidal weapons to cause mayhem and disruption. Iran and Syria have much to gain from an American failure in Iraq (and they also just like to kill
the infidels like the Quran tells them too)
France, Russia, China, and others all have reasons to see the collation fail in Iraq as well. Some are just pissed their gravy train just ended,
others don’t want America and friends to gain a stronger foothold in the region. Russia/China wants the oil, who knows what France wants…
But the main blame here I place on the Iraqi’s themselves. That’s right; I said that, it’s the Iraqi’s fault. Why do I say this? Because
they allowed all these foreign influences to disrupt and separate them. They had the goal in sight, and it was presented on a silver platter. You
know what? I think they wanted the world to do it for them, flip a switch and make things better instead of the hard work actually required. They
were LAZY with their new opportunity and didn’t do a thing with it, left it in the coalitions hands 100%, and that doesn’t work. The
Iraqi’s needed to do it themselves.
Don’t get me wrong, some very intelligent and determined Iraqi’s have tried, and are trying, to make this happen. But it’s the “common”
Iraq’s that are holding things up. The Iraq that everybody wanted 3 years ago required an enormous effort and conviction that the average Iraqi’s
hasn’t seemed to muster up. It’s easier for them to fall into the grip of the terrorists (Iran/Syria) and be complacent (or participants) than
take the risk and grab the opportunity that has presented itself to them (at the cost a great many lives).
At this pace Iraq will end up just like it was before, or worse. And because the average Iraqi was not able to overcome and rise above the foreign
and internal pressures that have been the reason for Middle Eastern violence for centuries.
And this is all the result of the “insurgents” victories. Not military victories because there haven’t been any, but victories of propaganda,
deception, and most importantly disruption. They don’t need to beat the coalition with guns; they just need to beat the Iraqi’s into fearful
submission. And that my friends, is very difficult to counter for coalition troops, any troops.
The bottom line?
The Iraqi’s really wanted us there 3 years ago and had bright hopes for the future. But the lack of foresight (open borders for one) by western
leaders led to massive influxes of foreign influences determined to undermine a free Iraq to advance their personal agenda’s. Factor in the failure
of the average Iraqi to resist that influence and support the coalition and we have a recipe of massive failure.
Part of me wants every US soldier there to be brought home instantly and let the Iraqi’s all kill themselves if that’s what they want. If they
don’t care enough to make a real effort themselves, then why are we dying while we provide them with the opportunity?
But logic dictates that leaving may be the worst thing that can happen. The ISF has gotten strong in number, but its support structure is quite weak
and I fear they aren’t ready to operate at 100% yet.
Iraq: Amazing military victory, battles will be studied and used as examples for decades.
Iraq: Unbearable political defeat and showing of diplomatic deficiency, and man I hope those errors will be studied for decades to come…