Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Waiting Game

Just like you, I am waiting to see if the elected leaders of Iraq will finally work together to create a new government. I have no idea what will happen. Over the last three years, I have been impressed with the fact that the Iraqi people braved the terrorists three times to vote and I assumed that, given these acts of courage, their elected representatives would likewise show courage and put the country's future above their own party's desire for power. Right now this assumption rests on shifting sand.

When I read yesterday that the Shiites didn't sign on to Talabani's call to begin the process of forming a parliament, I began to worry that the various Iraqi factions had failed to see what the millions of Iraqis who had gone to the polls had been hoping for: a stable democratic government and the hope for a cessation of terrorist attacks. The newly-won power on the part of the Shiites and the newly-lost power for the Sunnis have distorted the views of the representatives of both parties. We can only hope that they will come to their senses and work toward compromise and form a parliament.

Meanwhile, I scan the Iraqi blogs and try to learn a bit more about their baffling country and people and Muslims in general. As usual, Ali from Free Iraqi helps me out:
Muslims in general don't care that much about human life and they don't value it as westerns do because they never had a life worth that much, and deaths for the most stupid and unfair reasons are very common to them, so why do you want Muslims to care about a few people killed in the US or Europe! There must have been a time during the life of each Muslim when they really cared but I doubt that they even remember that!

It shows faith on the part of westerns that they expect Muslims to revolt against fanatics but they miss that they're judging people who live a very different and much difficult life by the same standards they judge their own society. Muslims will only care about life when they get to have one.


After writing the above post, I dropped by 24 Steps to Liberty and discovered that he had expressed views on the current situation that are similar to mine:
Three years of waiting for the full-term government and the politicians are still fighting over power and positions. Well, to be more accurate, since 1963 Iraqis are waiting for their politicians to agree and to put what the Iraqis want as their priority. Since then, the Iraqis are waiting for someone to come and ask “how can I serve you?” and stop hearing the common question “how can you benefit me?”


In an article that supports Ali the Free Iraqi's contention that the fears of a civil war have been exaggerated by the MSM, Ralph Peters reports from Iraq that the Iraqi soldiers did a fine job maintaining order after the attack on the mosque:
Among the many positive stories you aren't being told about Iraq, the media ignored another big one last week: In the wake of the terrorist bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, it was the Iraqi army that kept the peace in the streets.

It's routinely declared a failure by those who yearn for the new Iraq to fail. But an increasingly capable Iraqi military has been developing while reporters (who never really investigated the issue) wrote it off as hopeless.

What actually happened last week, as the prophets of doom in the media prematurely declared civil war?

* The Iraqi army deployed over 100,000 soldiers to maintain public order. U.S. Forces remained available as a backup, but Iraqi soldiers controlled the streets.

* Iraqi forces behaved with discipline and restraint - as the local sectarian outbreaks fizzled, not one civilian had been killed by an Iraqi soldier.

* Time and again, Iraqi military officers were able to defuse potential confrontations and frustrate terrorist hopes of igniting a religious war.

In the recent flare-up, sectarian issues had not been a problem in a single Iraqi unit.



Faiza Jarrar is now in New York, marching with Cindy Sheehan and CODEPINK.

Why do we let the Jarrars into a country that they hate?


By the way, Cindy Sheehan and a couple others were arrested when they tried to block the entrance to the United Nations.
Richard Grenell, the spokesman for the U.S. Mission, said in response to Sheehan's arrest: "We invited her in to discuss her concerns with a U.S. Mission employee. She chose not to come in but to lay down in front of the building and block the entrance. It was clearly designed to be a media stunt, not aimed at rational discussion," Grenell said.

Cindy Sheehan engaged in a MEDIA STUNT?! Say it ain't so!

We can only hope that Faiza Jarrar was arrested too and will have any future visa to the US denied because of the arrest.


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