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An Algerian View on the State of America’s Anti-Iraq War Politics March 27, 2007

Posted by Daniel Downs in culture war, freedom, government, liberalism, news, politics, United States, war.
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Soldiers in IraqMustapha Hammouche, a columnist for the Algerian daily newspaper Liberte, wrote a recent article criticizing the opposition to the war in Iraq by American liberals.

He made three points that I will summarize as follows:

1. In Iraq, terrorism has won aided by four different actors.

Those four actors are:

  • Religious and tribal conflict
  • Syria and Iran backed terrorism
  • Global liberal media
  • American liberals

2. Coalition forces would have left Iraq long ago had it not been for several factors forcing the Coalition into the protracted conflict. As explained by Hammouche,

“The Iraqi government is not demanding the immediate departure of the coalition troops, and none of the parties present in Iraq, including those controlled or supported by Iran and Syria, have done anything to remove theAmerican army’s ultimate motive for remaining on Iraqi soil.”

The first factor necessitating the continued presence by Americans is the organized strategy of foreign states, related terrorists, and their Iraqi sympathizers.

The second factor is the disarray of Iraqi police due to their unresolved tribal prejudices. Hammouche explains it this way:

The latest American plan… is aimed at compensating for the lack of order caused by the sectarian tendencies of Iraqi policemen.

The military should be included in Hammouche’s assessment. Recent assessments from American commanders in Iraq report considerable improvement in both police and military organization, according to the Armed Forces Press Service.

The third factor necessitating America’s continued fight in Iraq is the inability of the Iraqi government to repress the multifaceted conflict. As pointed out by Hammouche,

“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.”

3. Terrorism has won because liberal politicians with the help of the liberal media have aided the terrorists by portraying a naïve and nostalgic Viet Nam era view of a complex, multifaceted war threatening the future of the Iraqi people. It is not a resistance movement. It is war.

“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.

Hammouche bases this depressing conclusion on the fact that…

“He made this known in a poll recently conducted by American and British television, [which showed that] from November 2005-March 2007, the number of Iraqis supporting democracy fell by 14%, while the number of those who want a dictatorship or a theocracy increased by 8%. The violence has pushed more and more Iraqis to renounce the prospect of a democratic state and to express just the need for security. The same poll revealed that 86% of Iraqis fear for the security of their families, and want an authoritarian state.”

Had liberals in Congress supported the war with the necessary commitment and resources, the progress of America’s effort to assist Iraqis develop a viable democracy might have allowed many soldiers to have returned long ago. If a democracy is ever to succeed, our military and political presence in Iraq is required for as long as it takes.

If the almighty dollar and liberal power is more important than the hope and well-being of the Iraqi people and a genuine chance to live under the blessing of our kind of freedom, then let the blood, suffering, and oppression be upon the head of those responsible. I, for one, have no intention on sharing in it.

Because my French language skills are zero, this article has relied on an accurate translation of Mustapha Hammouche’s article “Iraq: Complex Reality and Simplistic Speech ” by Memri.

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1. hammouche khaled - December 22, 2007

bravo cousin


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