The Simplified and False Image of a War of Resistance

Read this thought-provoking article, that goes into the reason why the United States-led Coalition is staying in Iraq for the 5th year. I’ll reveal the writer (and link to the source) at the bottom.

“The obscene behaviors that accompanied the execution of Saddam Hussein demonstrate that Iraqi institutions are incapable of guaranteeing the cohesion necessary for the country’s stability. The bombings that strike the markets and places of worship express an irrepressible reciprocal aversion among the existing communities, and a desire to fight that the Iraqi state is not yet in a position to repress.

“The latest American plan, which aims to reinforce the military presence in Baghdad, is aimed at compensating for the lack of order caused by the sectarian tendencies of Iraqi policemen.”

Terrorism is Aided by a Discourse that Promotes a Simplified and False Image of a War of Resistance

“In this war, which intertwines tribal score-settling, religious resentments, and foreign plans to destabilize [Iraq], the average Iraqi is aware of the fact that his immediate future is in jeopardy. He entertains no hopes – neither of reconstruction and quality of life, nor of political reform.

Let’s repeat that.

“The latest American plan, which aims to reinforce the military presence in Baghdad, is aimed at compensating for the lack of order caused by the sectarian tendencies of Iraqi policemen.”

The Americans are taking the place of the militia for those without a sectarian militia of their own: city dwellers; Christians; immigrants; Jews; businessmen; doctors. The Sunni and Shiite militias kill each other, and they attack innocents of all stripes with their most vicious attacks being aimed at the most defenseless: the mentally handicapped; new Muslim converts; women; and children. U.S. Forces are now acting as peacekeepers who oppose the sectarian murder gangs without preying upon innocents.

“In this war, which intertwines tribal score-settling, religious resentments, and foreign plans to destabilize [Iraq], the average Iraqi is aware of the fact that his immediate future is in jeopardy. He entertains no hopes – neither of reconstruction and quality of life, nor of political reform.

The terror war is complex and beyond the capabilities of Iraq’s toddling government to resolve on its own, but not beyond the capacity of Iraq’s government to resolve given the right kind of aid from Coalition armed forces, military police, and reconstruction teams. That is the purpose of the reinforcement that was named the Surge.

Coalition forces dedicate the Surge to bring HOPE to the average Iraqi, who entertains no hopes of reconstruction, quality of life, or political reform, in the sincere wish that hope will lend him strength to persevere, inspire him with goals only achievable in a free society, and blow away the biting, stinging smog of fear.

And what is one of the greatest dangers to this process of bringing HOPE to Iraq? The writer continues.

“Terrorism has won, aided by a discourse that makes a multifaceted war – which intertwines religious civil war, clan war, transnational terrorism, and a war for influence – into a simplified and false image of a war of resistance.

Our source is Mustapha Hammouche of the liberal Algerian daily Liberté, as translated to english by MEMRI.

It is possible to disagree over whether terrorism has already won. It has certainly taken the lead by winning the early marketing battles, even while losing all the firefights. Marketing is one of America’s strong suits, and the battle for minds can be turned around. But one of America’s great weaknesses identified by this Algerian writer, writing in Algeria in his native tongue, is the strident populist media and peacemonger culture that aims to disarm America and praise the terrorists as agents of “resistance.” Terrorists are not agents of “resistance.” They are counter-insurgents who see themselves as the guardians of an ancient, cruel, misogynous, xenophobic, totalitarian, expansionist, violent system, and they are willing to bomb, sabotage, and murder anyone, anything, anywhere, in order to crush the insurgency of liberty brought by the U.S-led Coalition and spread their system over the whole world.

For that is what it really is about: Liberty. Will the realm of liberty in the world expand in the next century or will it contract? Will the Insurgency of Liberty overthrow the Counter-Insurgency of Tyranny, or will Liberty be defeated? Those who oppose the U.S. presence in Iraq side, perhaps inadvertently, with terrorists. They protest that this is not true. That the enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend. But in such a binary struggle, where the other side really does want to cut off our heads and post the video on the internet, all those who weaken and enervate our valiant warriors are truly enemies of our way of life.

Eventually, even the most benighted will understand this truly is a struggle between Liberty and Tyranny for the future of the Earth. Liberty must win. The alternative, for Liberty to lose and retreat, is completely unacceptable. I hope enlightenment comes to the class of 1968 before we reach a nuclear sequel to World War II, with 200-500 million war dead, bombed out cities in the U.S. and Europe, and a desolate nuclear wasteland in Iran and Pakistan.

…and less Liberty in every heart that survives the war.

h/t: Pajamas 

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