If We Leave Iraq

What then will happen to those who support the new government and secular democracy? Christopher Hitchens asks via Slate

Many of those advocating withdrawal have been "war-weary" ever since the midafternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, when it was discovered that the source of jihadist violence was U.S. foreign policy—a mentality now reinforced by the recent National Intelligence Estimate circulated by our emasculated, demoralized, and incompetent intelligence services. To this way of thinking, victory is impossible by definition, because any response other than restraint is bound to inflame the militancy of the other side. Since the jihadists, by every available account, are also inflamed and encouraged by everything from passivity to Danish cartoons, this seems to shrink the arena of possible or even thinkable combat. (Nobody ever asks what would happen if the jihadists had to start worrying about the level of casualties they were enduring, or the credit they were losing by their tactics, or the number of enemies they were making among civilized people who were prepared to take up arms to stop them. Our own masochism makes this contingency an unlikely one in any case.)….

…..What is to become, in the event of a withdrawal, of the many Arab and Kurdish Iraqis who do want to live in a secular and democratic and federal country?

Sorry Chris but that’s an easy one. Using Mullah Filthy’s term, they will get the old chop, chop, choppity chop.

Also see Oliver Kamm.

Posted by: Howie at 08:17 AM

Comments

1 al-Maliki has chosen which side he's on by pulling out checkpoints around Sadr City. Seems pretty simple to me what to do if the Iraqi Prime Minister is going to undermine the US presence. Pull the troops up north, regroup, help the Kurds build their border wall to keep the Shia and Sunni scum out and establish their new nation, carpet bomb Sadr City, let the civil war play out, and go in and mop up the mess afterwards.

Posted by: Big White Infidel at October 31, 2006 09:36 AM

2 "What is to become, in the event of a withdrawal, of the many Arab and
Kurdish Iraqis who do want to live in a secular and democratic and
federal country?"
I'm all for a National Kurdistan that spans the entirety of Iran, Iraq and Syria.

Posted by: MidnightSun at October 31, 2006 09:58 AM

3 If we leave Iraq...

The terrorists will swim across the ocean and kill us all, just like the Japs, the Crouts and the Vietnamese did.

Posted by: Greg at October 31, 2006 11:24 AM

4 Ask a Liberal if he wants America to win in Iraq and watch him cough up nails trying to answer the question.

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at October 31, 2006 12:06 PM

5 Good one Greg! ;-)

Posted by: Last gasp Larry at October 31, 2006 02:28 PM

6 Actually, if we pull out too soon before letting the suicide bombings run their course, then we will be overun by refugees who didn't have the luck of meeting their maker.

Posted by: Last gasp Larry at October 31, 2006 02:31 PM

7 Which is my biggest concern.

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