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: Big White Infidel at October 31, 2006 09:36 AM
Kurdish Iraqis who do want to live in a secular and democratic and
I'm all for a National Kurdistan that spans the entirety of Iran, Iraq and Syria.
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The terrorists will swim across the ocean and kill us all, just like the Japs, the Crouts and the Vietnamese did.
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