There are many reasons that I have stated in the past for why I think we need to stay in Iraq and not leave until the job is done. All of the reasons I have stated are valid and legitimate and make compelling arguments, but none is more important or compelling than the simple obligation we have to protect and provide a measure of stability to the Iraqi people. This one reason alone is why it is essential to stay the course in Iraq and I find it extremely hypocritical of the “anti-war Left” to demand that we withdraw our troops out now.
The Left is suppossed to be the champion of civil rights, of peace and freedom, they are anti-torture, anti-totalitarianism, they criticize the West for not doing enough to protect people in Sudan or Rwanda. They yell and scream over injustices as the U.S. pursues it’s interests over the interests of the developing world. And they try to guilt us into spending untolds amount of dollars to “save the environment” and save us from global warming, a theory that is still widely disputed in academia. Yet they have the gall to not only accept, but seemingly welcome, the inevitable horrors and, dare I say, genocide that would likely occur if the U.S.-led coalition withdrew from Iraq today. Why? All because they hate George Bush and, let’s be honest, the hegemony of the United States.
So why am I so riled up about this today? Because yet again mass graves of innocent people have been uncovered in Iraq. Mass graves filled with at least 50 bodies of average, everyday Iraqis who were killed by Al Qa’eda in Iraq (AQI). Not only have 50 bodies been found but that is only 1/3 of the orchard where likely more bodies yet remain and there are at least two more orchards that are believed to be burial grounds as well.
So how did this happen? Why did AQI do this? Read the following:
In 2006, al Qaeda in Iraq declared Diyala province the center of its Islamic State of Iraq caliphate. The Himbus area, with its fruit orchards providing cover from aircraft, became a major weapons storage area and training center. And it ruled with an iron fist.
“When they first came into the area, they said they were mujahideen fighting the occupation forces. But later they started forcing people to give them money and forcing them from their homes. People who worked for the Iraq Army or the Iraqi Police were punished,” said Sheik Abbas Hussein Khalaf, the leader of nearby Taiyah village.
“They imposed their rules: no music, no smoking, the woman had to wear the veil, and there were no wedding celebrations allowed. No one was allowed out after 5 p.m.”
Some people were shot in front of the people in the street, others were kidnapped, killed and put in the mass graves.”
One of them was a cousin, he said, the brother of the man who had escaped and told U.S. troops about the graves.
Mass executions, once associated with Saddam Hussein’s regime, became a tool of terror used by al Qaeda as it took over vast swaths of Iraq following the 2003 U.S. invasion.
So what makes you folks who are so oppossed to our continued presence in Iraq so confident that this same thing would not occur if we were to leave now? or is it that you aren’t sure, but are so mad and ticked off at Bush and the U.S. that you don’t care or are blinded to the realities? I suspect the latter.
Do you think that AQI only did this because we are there and they are trying to get us out and once we leave they will be benevolent rulers? If you do you are ignorant and stupid. AQI was acting precisely as the Taliban acted in the 1990’s and there is no reason to suspect AQI would not do the same in future.
Granted, things are going relatively well in Iraq right now. It is far more stable that it was a year ago or in 2006 when these killings occurred. But the security situation is still unreliable and uncertain, as evidenced by the recent upswing of violence in Basra.
If the Left-wing of our country and around the world really cared about human rights, peace, and freedom they would stop demanding that we pull our troops home immediately. They would stop and think about the humanitarian situation on the ground and the likely humanitarian crisis that would arise out of a result of our early exit.
Now, I don’t care if you want to complain and hate on Bush, fine. Do that all you want. Blame him for getting us in to Iraq in the first place and criticize him all you want. Even feel free to criticize our military commanders for poor strategy and planning at the beginning of the war if you want. I don’t mind your criticism of the process or the initial decision making issues, but results are what matters now, especially when we are talking about life and death. The left should be leading the call for us to see it through to ensure human rights and safety for every Iraqi person, those issues, so core to the current situation in Iraq, is what the left wing preaches everyday for the rest of the world, but apparently they consider the Iraqi people unworthy of the same support that is so freely given to the people in Darfur or other ravaged areas. The left needs to do some real soul searching and refine their message in a manner that condemns the mistakes and ‘punishes’ those that made them in the whole Iraq process, but also call for whatever needs to be done to prevent a genocide in Iraq; starting with the maintainment of our troops to root out extremists like those associated with AQI.