Remember the truism that a supposedly weak tree that
bends when a hurricane blows, often survives by bending, while a tree
that is supposedly strong and doesn't bend, is destroyed? Are many Iraqis
just bending until the American hurricane passes over?
Remember the old saw: "He who fights and runs away,
lives to fight another day"? Where, exactly, did all those Iraqi
The neoconzi propaganda machine is saturating the U.S.
with scenes of Iraqis coming out and welcoming the Americans. Two weeks
ago, many of these people would have been praising Saddam. Have these
people really switched loyalties? Probably not very many, not genuinely.
Most of our new best friends are probably just being pragmatic and doing
the old shuck and jive to fool the man--the U.S.--and are doing what
is necessary to survive or to gain business and social advantages they
believe they may get by siding with the victor. If Iraq were suddenly
invaded by a stronger force than the U.S., most of these same people
now praising America would probably change sides in an eye blink. Also,
most of those people seen around the now famous toppled statue of Saddam
Hussein in Baghdad, were actually Shia Muslims who have always hated
Saddam, who is a Sunny Muslim and who is more secular than religious.
Shi'ite hatred of Saddam stems primarily from the fact that he tried
to discourage the Shi'ites from practicing their version of Islam. With
Saddam gone, the Shi'ites will once again be able to practice their
religion. Should the neoconzis rejoice about this? What many Americans
may not really understand is that some of the most zealous and extreme
Islamic nations are overwhelmingly Shi'ite. Iran, for example, is primarily
a Shi'ite nation. So, maybe what the neoconzis have actually done with
this invasion of Iraq is free the extremists, who had been kept from
extremist activities by the very government we just destroyed, to be
more extreme. Ironically, Saddam Hussein's government was pretty secular
and Western thinking. What may eventually replace Saddam's government,
once the Americans are gone, may be government by Ayatollahs. Just as
we see in Iran.
Also, despite all the neoconzis propaganda about the
"dictatorship" of Saddam, the reality is that without such
a heavy hand, the people of Iraq would have been less Western and would
have relied more on their religion for their laws and government. In
the purest forms of Islam, there is no separation between religion and
government. None. Saddam forced such a separation. Saddam is now gone.
Remember also, Islam is not organized in a pyramid structure such as
the Catholic Church. There is no Pope or Pope equivalent in Islam who
we can control or get rid of if we don't like him.
So what have we accomplished by attacking and invading
who may argue that we can simply Americanize Iraq as we did with Germany
and Japan after WWII don't understand the dynamics of the Middle East
and Islam. Germany and Japan were lone nations. Iraq is part of a pan-Arab
culture. When Arabs refer to the Arab nation, they're not usually referring
to one nation, but to all Arab nations. The present national boundaries
between Arab nations are relatively new and artificial. There's not
much difference between an Arab from Iraq and an Arab from Palestine
or Jordan or Saudi Arabia or any other political state. When non-Iraqi
Arabs see American soldiers in Baghdad, they don't see this as the way
Americans see it. Baghdad is not a foreign capital to Arabs, no matter
where these Arabs live. Baghdad is one of the capitals of the Arab nation.
Something else to think about as we sort through the
propaganda is that one of the stated goals of the neoconzis was to bring
freedom to the people of Iraq. True freedom means personal freedom.
Personal freedom means being able to do what you want. Many of the people
of Iraq are now demonstrating they appreciate this true freedom and
are looting and taking what they want. They appreciate being freed from
the lack of freedom imposed on them by Saddam. On our TV newscasts,
we see smiling Iraqis giving thumbs up signs as they drive away with
truck loads of looted merchandise. It's almost as though they're saying,
"We love President Bush!
those war mongering neoconzis in this country who say that this invasion,
that they pushed, will stop terrorism, not cause more, don't understand
the new age we have just barged into. The neoconzis also don't understand
that most Americans who are opposed to this invasion probably wouldn't
protest a truly just war. It isn't about fearing that we did something
right, and as a result that we will then be targeted by bad people,
that motivates many of those who didn't want this war. It's about fearing
that we did something wrong, and that we will be targeted by good people
or even by some sort of cosmic karma seeking to balance the scales of
good and evil. It is about doing evil and having evil returned to us.
the invasion of Iraq begins the age-old hatred of America and Americans
to be talked about a hundred years from now. Now is the time of the
beginning of the blood feud. With this unnecessary war and invasion
of the Arab nation, the neoconzis have been able to make the U.S. as
hated by Arabs and Muslims as Israel is hated by them, and for the same
reasons. This gives an advantage to Israel which can now, more than
ever, seek aid from the U.S. because of our "mutual enemies"--all
Muslims and all Arabs. We have entered a fight that was really not our
business and not in our best interests. Now, more Americans than ever
will die for Israel and wrongly think, as they lie dying, that they
are dying for America.
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