Friday, July 06, 2007

For my faithful readers, I leave you the weeked with something positive from Iraq.

Michael Yon is a former green beret and Iraq War veteran who is now working as an imbedded reporter. This latest post from him details the Battle of Baqubah, but more importantly it described what he senses is a new attitude among the Iraqis. American troops seem to have come full circle, once viewed as liberators, then occupiers, and now as something completely different. Michael Yon describes a new outlook. The Iraqi people may be looking at us differently, and this very well could mean victory in Iraq. I include his words because I hope as many people as possible read them. You won’t get this in the mainstream, and it’s a shame because this may be the truth about what’s really happening in Iraq. Here is a sample, and if it doesn’t make you proud to be an American then you should re-evaluate your patriotism.

“The big news on the streets today is that the people of Baqubah are generally ecstatic, although many hold in reserve a serious concern that we will abandon them again. For many Iraqis, we have morphed from being invaders to occupiers to members of a tribe. I call it the “al Ameriki tribe,” or “tribe America.”

"I’ve seen this kind of progression in Mosul, out in Anbar and other places, and when I ask our military leaders if they have sensed any shift, many have said, yes, they too sense that Iraqis view us differently. In the context of sectarian and tribal strife, we are the tribe that people can—more or less and with giant caveats—rely on.

Most Iraqis I talk with acknowledge that if it was ever about the oil, it’s not now. Not mostly anyway. It clearly would have been cheaper just to buy the oil or invade somewhere easier that has more. Similarly, most Iraqis seem now to realize that we really don’t want to stay here, and that many of us can’t wait to get back home. They realize that we are not resolved to stay, but are impatient to drive down to Kuwait and sail away. And when they consider the Americans who actually deal with Iraqis every day, the Iraqis can no longer deny that we really do want them to succeed. But we want them to succeed without us. We want to see their streets are clean and safe, their grass is green, and their birds are singing. We want to see that on television. Not in person. We don’t want to be here. We tell them that every day. It finally has settled in that we are telling the truth.”

And, on the heels of a renewed debate in Congress concerning a US retreat from Iraq, General Rick Lynch, commander of US forces in Baghdad, said this:

"Intensive combat operations are still necessary," he said, while underlining that US forces are also stepping up reconstruction work and economic development to take the heat out of the insurgency. “What I sense is a growing discontent (against insurgents) amongst the local communities, the tribes and their leaders, and we're benefiting from this discontent. What I believe is that Al-Qaeda has worn out its welcome."

This gives us hope. Hope that Iraq will not become another Vietnam. Hope that the Middle East can become a region of peace and democracy. Indeed, if the people of Iraq embrace their freedom and take charge of their lives and their government, the ripples will most certainly be felt throughout the region and the world. It may be a long shot, but our perseverance now appears to be taking effect.

We may be on the brink of failure, but we may also be on the brink of something extraordinary, which makes next year’s presidential election even that much more crucial. If America can pull this off, it will be an astounding accomplishment, ripping victory from the jaws of defeat. It will go down as perhaps one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the history of mankind, made even more remarkable by the fact the 70% of Americans had long since turned their back on the Iraqi people and on their own President who never gave up hope that the Iraqis do want to be free and peaceful.

If George Bush wants a legacy, this may very well be it. He would be remembered as the liberator of Iraq who never lost faith in them, even when his own people gave up. How truly amazing that would be. Here’s hoping that hope will become reality. Here’s hoping that the Iraqi people will one day realize their dream of freedom and peace. Here’s hoping that all Americans will see this as a good thing.

11 comments:

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

We Shall Prevail...

Even when 70% of the American People turn their back on the Iraqi
People's Chance For Freedom...

And slander and belittle Prez Bush,
and ridicule his firm resolve. No!

We Shall Never Give Up!

To do so, We Would Submit To A 1400 Year Old Primitive Kill-Culture, and Surrender Our Great Constitutional Values.

Give Up Our 1st Amendment? Never!

reb

www.lazyonebenn.blogspot.com

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

Tap Yahoo Search: U.F.P.J., then tap

Nat. Groups Directory: Your State and Your Town.

IT'S HIROSHIMA DAYS PARADE & PEACE RALLY, with a Rock Band, Free Kool Aid, and Porta-Potties!

(No mention of Pearl Harbor Day).

www.lazyonebenn.blogspot.com

Panhandle Poet said...

Texas Fred is also linked to the article from which this was taken. Good to see some positive news for a change.

Man with the Muck-rake said...

We Shall Never Give Up!

You, clearly no. But wiser voices shall prevail.

This isn't the kind of war of which we Americans can be proud.

John Washburn said...

Muck-Rake, I know what you're saying. It's always hard for Lefties to see people free to make their own decisions, without government control. Democracy isn't high on your list of favorite things.

John Washburn said...

Panhandle, thanks for the words of encouragement, keep up the good fight

Reb, I hope you're right. I think the Iraqi people deserve to be free, as does everyone. I'll check out the Hiroshima thing. Of course there won't be a Pearl Harbor remembrance celebration, those were Americans that killed that day. The loons don't care when that happens because in their warped minds somehow Americans deserve it, but the poor Japanese were just innocent bystanders. Let's hold a candlelight tree-hugging vigil

Dan Trabue said...

In other words, it's only terrorism when THEY target civilians. When we do it, it's for the greater good.

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!


Amen.

Man with the Muck-rake said...

Democracy isn't high on your list of favorite things.

So, John, apparently you got a peek at my 'list?'

Or, are you making assumptions?

I'm sorry that you are so defensive and have such little faith in others.

Think about what you said to me.

John Washburn said...

You said it not me. 30 million Iraqis have been given a chance at Democracy because of America's efforts, and yet you're not proud of that. How else shall I interpret what you said?

Man with the Muck-rake said...

How else shall I interpret what you said?

Apparently it is difficult for you to disconnect your allegiance to George Bush from the realities of his war. I find this common in many Republicans yet, there is now a swing towards reality in many former Bush-devotees.

In fact, just this past week, I attended a 4th of July party with one such cousin. Unexpectedly, he turned to me and said, "WE have to get out of Iraq; it's insane to stay there."

I was shocked. Six years ago he was praising "W" and telling us that he was the best thing since Ronald Reagan.

Now, he has been able to separate his devotion to the man from the actions that have resulted from his misguided war.

Are you able to do that?

John Washburn said...

Allegiance to Bush? I have no idea what you're talking about. That pretty much solidifies my suspicion that for you people this war has nothing to do with America, or terrorism, or troops in harm's way, or securing a nation, or providing democracy to millions of people. This is all about Bush, how much you hate him, and how much you want HIM to fail. I was talking about the efforts our troops were making in actually swaying the opinions of Iraqi citizens to think favorably of us. THAT is something that Americans should feel proud of. For you, apparently, it's all about Bush.