posted on May, 17 2004 @ 11:15 AM
In what could be seen as a turning point in the battle to stabilize Iraq, Retired Maj. Gen. Mohammed Abdul-Latif urged leaders and clergy assembled in
Fallujah to support U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq.
Iraqi General urges support of
Some of what he said from the article,
"They were brought here by the acts of one coward who was hunted out of a rathole — Saddam — who disgraced us all," Latif said. "Let us tell our
children that these men came here to protect us.
"As President Bush said, they did not come here to occupy our land but to get rid of Saddam. We can help them leave by helping them do their job, or
we can make them stay ten years and more by keeping fighting."
"Lt. Col. Brennan Byrne, the Marine battalion commander, said, "No truer words have been spoken here today than those by General Latif".
I fully agree with Col. Byrne's asessment, General Latif is what I would use as the definition of an Iraqi patriot that sucinctly put into words the
very policy that ensures a rapid and successful transition back to Iraqi sovereignty.
The speech Gen. Latif gave should serve as the blueprint for the message that the Bush administation needs to send to the Iraqi people, much less the
rest of the world.
[Edited on 17-5-2004 by Nerdling]