Sunday, April 29, 2007

A Thought For Harry & Co From an Iraqi in Baghdad

I posted earlier about the incalculable costs to the U.S. if we follow Reid, Pelosi and the Democrats plan for defeat in Iraq, victory in Congress. This now from Omar of Iraq the Model, blogging from his home in Baghdad. He is terrified about the consequences of the Democratic plan, as he will feel those consequences just shortly before we do:

Instead coming up with ideas to help the US Democrats are trying to stop the effort to stabilize Iraq and rescue the Middle East from a catastrophe.

I am an Iraqi. To me the possible consequences of this vote are terrifying. Just as we began to see signs of progress in my country the Democrats come and say, ‘Well, it’s not worth it. Time to leave’.

To the Democrats my life and the lives of twenty-five other million Iraqis are evidently not worth trying for. They shouldn’t expect us to be grateful for this.

. . . But now, in the last two months, we have had a fresh start; a new strategy with new ideas and tactics. These were reached after studying previous mistakes and were designed to reverse the setbacks we witnessed in the course of this war.

This strategy, although its tools are not yet even fully deployed, is showing promising signs of progress.

. . . We must give this effort the chance it deserves. We should provide all the support necessary. We should heed constructive critique, not the empty rhetoric that the ‘war is lost.’

It is not lost. Quitting is not an option we can afford—not in America and definitely not in Iraq.

I said it before and I say it again; this war must be won. If it is not the world as you in the United States know it today (and as we here in Iraq dream for it to become) will exist only in books of history. The forces of extremism that we confront today are more determined, more resourceful, and more barbaric than the Nazi or the communists of the past. Add to that the weapons they can improvise or acquire through their unholy alliance with rogue regimes, combined with their fluid structure and mobility… well, they can be more deadly than any forces we have faced in the past. Much more.

The political game the Democrats are playing has gone farther than it should have. Before they took over the congress they were complaining that there had been no feasible plan for winning the war. Now that such plan exists and thousands of American soldiers are working hard with the millions of good Iraqis to make it work, they wish to turn their backs on it.

. . . In no time al-Qaeda and all similarly extremist factions will start boasting about how America is fleeing Iraq under the heavy blows of the “Mujahideen” planned by OBL himself.

The Democrats just offered al-Qaeda victory on a silver plate. For free. An imaginary victory for sure, for now, but it can still be used by al-Qaeda to promote their ideology of death and attract more recruits.

“America’s will can be broken, America is not invincible,” they will say in a thousand ways. Is this the kind of message you want to send to the enemy?

Reconsider your position before it’s too late. For us and for yourselves.
Read the entire post here. Omar is eloquent and correct. There is really nothing more I can add to this except to ask, how do we convince the majority of Americans that Harry and company are leading us only towards suicide? I listened to yet another Democrat today argue that "General Petraeus has said that there is no military solution to ths war" and listened to yet another talking head, nominally conservative, fail to skewer her for taking a true statement and turning it on its head to justify retreat. Does it even have to be said that there will not be a political solution without the military. It is so incredibly disheartening. When will Republicans turn this debate to the consequences of leaving Iraq?

Update: Niall Ferguson also weighs in on the costs of surrender in Iraq and the surreal arguments of Democrats to the contrary.

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