soldiers Tuesday. One yesterday. Two today.
have to remember that war doesn't stop for Christmas.
though Christians are celebrating the holiday
season, more American soldiers are paying the
ultimate sacrifice in Iraq. Though the military
seems to be announcing more victories against
Iraqi insurgents, more Americans are wondering
why the United States choose to fight this conflict,
when seemingly the very real threat of Al Qaeda
is still at our doorstep. The war within Iraq
is noticeably different than the "war on terror"
promised by the Bush administration. No matter
how the story is written, the result remains the
don't know the enemy.
latest reports from the battlefield show Americans
as rounding up the remnants of the insurgency
in and around the Sunni triangle, performing house
to house raids picking up weapon caches as detaining
family members for questioning. These tactics,
used most often by the Israeli military, are meant
to place a "stranglehold" on the opposition, not
letting the resistance get a moment's rest, while
captured subjects are coerced into revealing the
contacts and safe houses.
there are some similarities between Palestinians
and Sunni Muslims which the U.S. military needs
to consider and take notice before continuing
Palestinian-occupation style warfare.
such occupation authoritative vigilance, from
the continuing home invasions to barb-wiring villages,
may open the door for fundamental Islamist recruitment.
the rising death toll of Iraqis in the crossfires
as well as the declining standard of living could
develop a larger phenomenon of suicide bombers
who, like their Palestinian counterparts, do not
see a future under the rule of the U.S. led-coalition
authority, and an impending Iraqi governing council
controlled by the previously-repressed Shiite
short, what may occur could be the intersection
of revenge politics from the Holy Land and the
cultural fractionalization of post-Yugoslavia.
Any way it's cut, from a military or an intelligence
perspective, the area is a developing "black hole"
in a region already under tremendous stress from
a growing conservative populace under largely,
unlike previous Republican administrations, the
United States will be unable to demonize or distance
ourselves from the geopolitical landscape of the
Persian Gulf region, we as Americans, directly
understated triumph of Saddam Hussein's capture
by the Bush administration was hailed by the media
as the noble, validation of their pre-emptive
strategy, as President Bush continued to associate
Saddam Hussein and his former regime, being prime
"examples" of the continued war on terror. Even
though nearly everyone in the intelligence field,
the international community, as well as the administration
itself, concedes Iraq had nothing to do with September
the eyes of Sunni Iraqis, comparisons of the former
Iraqi regime as a "terrorist" group will not embolden
them in trying to conform with the Iraqi provisional
authority, nor the Kurds to the north. Though
Saddam was a dictator, he did provide the basic
necessities of infrastructure and his rule was
an Iraqi led dictatorship. Under the provisional
authority, there is shame for being on the wrong
side of war, and not knowing quite why. Until
Iraq endangered U.S. oil interests in Kuwait,
the former President Bush and Hussein were on
solid diplomatic terms. The confusion of everyday
Iraqis as to whether we are friend or foe seems
apparent in the neutered answers they give to
the American press. Saddam or no, the war is not
over, and the knowledge that neither is their
the feelings of being abused, the Clintonian terms
used to describe Iraqis according to American
prevailing interest (whether as victim or vermin)
will not change the average mind that U.S. foreign
policy is nothing more than a blame game, "guns-for-oil"
gamblers roulette gone bad. The rich reconstruction
contracts authorized by the Bush administration
to the Vice President's former employer Halliburton
and the heavily Bush-invested Carlyle Group illustrate
the level of business influence meeting public
policy and confusion of which more influences
the while, everyday Iraqis do what can do: watch,
wait, and grow angrier at the foreign intrusion
into their homeland.
the American public be surprised if, with incidental
destruction or to feed their families, Iraqis
conduct passive resistance to coalition forces?
we be surprised if these acts by our revered forefathers
were similar to what occurred during Revolutionary
War or World War II? How do ordinary citizens
react during war? Do they fight for the cause
they believe in, or should they become invisible?
How much disrespect can the psyche take? Your
life is someone else's hands, like Saddam, like
the means to control the violence.
thing Americans do know is that revolutions are
always born with thoughts of worthlessness.
citizens cannot become the enemy or war will engulf
the entire region, with the holiday Christmas
becoming a catch phrase for a prayed deliverance.
Iraq, President Bush cannot let that happen.
© 2003 Tommy Ates. All Rights Reserved.
Posted: December 27, 2003