Friday, January 07, 2005

Husayn to American Soldiers: God Bless Them!

Husayn at Democracy in Iraq recently received an email from an American soldier who had been deployed in Iraq and was now back in the States.
Before I go to work, I also want to reiterate my appreciation to American soldiers who are here in Iraq making a sacrifice. I was really touched by an e-mail by a soldier who was in Iraq. He shared with me his hope that he could one day see a peaceful liberated Iraq with his son, and come not as a soldier, but as a civilian, a tourist...he missed the birth of his son because he was in Iraq. But thank God that he is back home with his son. It was a small e-mail, but it really hit me, to see that this man was away from his child in order to contribute to the betterment of Iraq. I hope that my countrymen will look at soldiers like him in the future and remember what they did for us, although they were foreigners. God bless them.

Thanks, Husayn!

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An excellent interview in FrontPage with Steven Vincent, author of In the Red Zone. Steven Vincent talks about traveling around in Iraq and meeting Iraqis from all walks of life and the role of women in Iraq is discussed at length. He is also asked the ultimate question:
FP: Who will win the fight for Iraq and, ultimately, the War on Terror? By what means will it be done?

Vincent: Jamie, is there any doubt we will win? Even if—God forbid—the Islamofascists and the American Left drive us out of Iraq, we will survive to fight another day. Having said this, it’s true that our country must remain resolved and supportive of our troops. We need to also do our homework: study Islam, know what makes the religion tick, seek its weak points and places where we can bring the pressures of our religious and constitutional freedoms to bear. We should learn, too, about the effects of malignant narcissism and how to counteract the grandiosity that conceals itself like a nemesis star in the soul of the Muslim world.

We should keep in mind that we are fighting a death-cult. Eventually, such enemies succumb to the power of civilization—even with its maddening limitations, rules and ethics—or become consumed by their own nihilism and resentments. Still, we should steel ourselves for a difficult war, one that may last a generation or more (although, should we find a way to weaponize feminism, the conflict would end virtually overnight). Though we may suffer numerous reversals and even defeats, victory will be ours in the end. We didn’t start this fight, but by the grace of God, the power of the U.S. Constitution and the strength of the American people, we will finish it.

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Majid Jarrar is traveling in the United States right now while on his winter break from Pearson College in Canada. We exchanged a couple emails and phone numbers and then last night, while he was in Manhattan and I was in Queens, we were able to talk on the phone for around an hour. Majid speaks fluent English and is without question a smart young man. About the future of Iraq, Majid is cautiously optimistic. Just like us, Majid has had trouble getting accurate information on the situation in Iraq these days. Again, like us, he has been getting conflicting reports.

Most of you will remember that Majid was one of the founding members of Al Muajaha, along with several other young Iraqis who were featured on the documentary Bridges to Baghdad. Majid told me that a week or so after Bridges to Baghdad I & II were shown on Iraqi TV, the Iraqi youth you remember -- like Haider, Hamza, and Walid -- starting getting death threats. Majid said that because of these threats all of his friends were eventually forced to leave the country for their own safety. And that is indeed a shame. These young Iraqis represent an important part of Iraq's future. I told Majid that we can only hope that before too long Iraq stabilizes and all of his friends return to Iraq and help build a strong, democratic Iraq.

Majid, thanks again for talking with me!

For the two Bridges to Baghdad documentaries:

Bridges to Baghdad I and Bridges to Baghdad II

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For those of you who are following tanker REDSIX's account of the Battle of Fallujah on his blog Armor Geddon, here's his latest installment covering the next stretch of November 9, 2004. Tankers with infantry?
When you’re a tanker among the infantry in combat, you can do no wrong. It was like walking on water. You could run through houses, knock down forests of palm trees where the bad guys hide. Bullets and RPGs either bounce off of you or explode with a scuff mark on your armor. Your main gun vaporizes terrorists. They just loved having you around. They loved the destruction and mayhem you caused. And they loved the fear of God you struck into the hearts of the enemy. Furthermore, with my new boss for this battle being a light infantry guy, that made me and SSG Terry the subject matter experts on tanking. So CPT Mayfield had no leash on us. And even if he did, he was so happy with our capabilities that it was hard for us to do wrong in his eyes anyways.


In this blog entry, I rearranged REDSIX's posts on the battle into chronological order.

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Ali at Free Iraqi looks at some recent polling about the upcoming elections.
I've heard it from many of my Sunni friends that they are concerned about the possibility that the constitution might be written by She'at and Kurds mainly, and to be more accurate they are concerned with the She'at part more. Most of them said they will vote for Pachachi and others are still considering but generally they said they will vote for a secular party. My belief is that the percentage of Sunnis who will vote will be considerably lower than that of any other group, but it will be still high enough to contradict the analysis of most experts, and we only have to wait for few days to see.

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