Thursday, July 14, 2005

Bad timing

The Mail on Sunday newspaper published what it called a (Secret plan to quit Iraq) written by Defense Secretary John Reid for Tony Blair. Leaking it out two days after the explosions happened in London may give an impression, to the terrorists, that they achieved something through their criminal deed.

It is normal to have debates on different issues in democratic societies, like the British. But narrow minded terrorists will view it as a victory. The question is "Wasn't it better to prevent or delay publishing this paper?" Since Mr. Reid
said:
"This is but one of a number of papers produced over recent months covering various scenarios. We have made it plain we will stay in Iraq for as long as is needed. No decisions on the future of UK forces have been taken."
So there were several other papers which nobody heard about. Again, why leaking out this one now?
No clue should be given to the terrorists about the future plans. They are looking for any kind of information to use in their propaganda. Good information in the same article drew my attention which says:
"According to a BPIX survey for The Mail on Sunday, 52 per cent of Britons think UK troops should return home only when Iraq is a peaceful democracy, which could take years. Eighteen per cent said our soldiers should return immediately and 23 per cent said they should withdraw in six months."
But the terrorists are not ready to deal with these results & simply ignore them.
Prime Minister Tony Blair said in his first Commons statement after the bomb attacks in London:
"We are united in our determination that our country will not be defeated by such terror but will defeat it and emerge from this horror with our values, our way of life, our tolerance and respect for others, undiminished."
This loses its authenticity when put together with the paper above.
Publishing this paper could be viewed as an indication, to the planners & implementers of the bomb attacks, that the British government complies with their devilish will.
President Bush is more decisive when he said:
"We will continue to take the fight to the enemy, and we will fight until this enemy is defeated."
And
"…together with our allies, we're on the offense, and we will stay on the offense."
Additional consideration should be paid to the ideological foundations which nurture this destructive conduct. It is not enough to deal with the suicidal bombers, but dealing with the nest which spawns their ideology is more important. This takes me back to what I called "Educational Rehabilitation" which the people in the Mid East needs a lot. For example, the US administration is still hesitant in dealing toughly with the Saudis.
It seems that it is Iraq's bad luck to be a theatre of struggles for the last quarter century. The most recent is choosing it to be the central front in the war on terror, as President Bush said:
"In the war on terror, Iraq is now a central front. The terrorists fight in Iraq because they know that the survival of their hateful -- hateful ideology is at stake. They know that as freedom takes root in Iraq, it will inspire millions across the Middle East to claim their liberty, as well."
So Iraqis should pay for the liberty of Mid East people. Other nations in the region would not face radical changes like the one taking place now in Iraq. They will go through peaceful changes by learning the Iraqi lesson (It is disgusting!!!)
Mr. Bush said:
"To help Iraqis build a free nation, we have a clear plan with both a military track and a political track."
But what about the economic track Mr. President!

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The President didn't choose Iraq as "the central front on the war on terror." The terrorist chose Iraq to fight the US.

5:41 PM  
Blogger sharon said...

The USA has committed huge, $100+ Billion, dollars to IRAQ's future. IRAQI's are choosing how that money is spent. The Terror War in IRAQ could be much more easily won with total support of the IRAQI peoples; unfortunately our dollars must be spent to protect innocent IRAQI citizens from IRAQI Bathists and those they are protecting (I.e. Externally originated terrorists).

12:07 AM  
Blogger FIAR said...

I agree that it's important for members of the governments of the coalition nations to watch what they say and when they say it. I'm sick of American Democrats fueling the terrorists with words of encouragement. I'm all for political dissent, at the appropriate time and place.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Southern Areas of Iraq
do not need the British then perhaps half of them can go home for say two weeks and then come back to help secure the Syrian border.

There is going to be a new
international conference for
Donor nations for Iraq soon.

Lets hope the Iraqi delegates can
get firm commitments from some of
these donors.

Most importantly is that the new government achieve an agreement with the remnants of Saddams forces that are behind most of the fighting ... then all forces
can focus on Zarqawi and security
will improve drastically.

Movement on this front is the
MOST important thing...
Lets hope Jaffari can reach an
agreement with these people

7:28 AM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

The economic track is part of the political track. If you would like to see some progress, may I suggest Arthur Chrenkoff? I have also written about the stable and growing stock exchange that no one hears about!

I understand your frustration, however. If we are going to fight a war, then let's get on with it. We just have to be patient so the political process can strengthen.

I believe good people can be afraid of confronting evil. That is why I don't go after the people who do not understand that if we do not take of this, we die. We are NOT French!!! lol. Have a great day.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Gadfly said...

Ibn,

It does seem unfair that the common Iraqi citizen is forced to endure so much adversity. I can't think of any way around it, though. They're streaming over your borders from all other countries in the region, ready to kill innocent civilians to further their warped views. If I could stop them, I would. I'm sure the military would stop it if they could do so without slaughtering innocents in the process.

It's a bit depressing. Growing a new democracy is difficult enough on its own. To do so with wave after wave of foreign insurgency ... it has simply gotten so confused and brutal that I worry that people are loosing the "big picture."

Every traffic jam that causes misery for the ordinary Iraqi is part of a growing economy. Some day, somebody will build subways or elevated trains in Baghdad, but right now, who would ride them? Sadly, terrorist target selection will have to be part of city planning.

I'm just hoping and praying that Iraq's pains are part of growing and not part of degeneration.

Best of wishes to you all. And good luck for the future.

11:47 PM  
Blogger Pebble said...

Excellent Post, the commentors are pretty right on!

This is GREAT work you're doing IBN

Thank you.

7:54 AM  

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