Sunday, March 05, 2006

How bad is Iraq?

NY Post (via RedState):

"I'M trying. I've been trying all week. The other day, I drove another 30 miles or so on the streets and alleys of Baghdad. I'm looking for the civil war that The New York Times declared. And I just can't find it.

Let me tell you what I saw anyway. Rolling with the "instant Infantry" gunners of the 1st Platoon of Bravo Battery, 4-320 Field Artillery, I saw children and teenagers in a Shia slum jumping up and down and cheering our troops as they drove by. Cheering our troops."

"All day - and it was a long day - we drove through Shia and Sunni neighborhoods. Everywhere, the reception was warm. No violence. None."

"And no hostility toward our troops. Iraqis went out of their way to tell us we were welcome."

"In place of the civil war that elements in our media declared, I saw full streets, open shops, traffic jams, donkey carts, Muslim holiday flags - and children everywhere, waving as our Humvees passed. Even the clouds of dust we stirred up didn't deter them. And the presence of children in the streets is the best possible indicator of a low threat level."

"Southeast Baghdad, at least, was happy to see our troops."

"And we didn't just drive past them. First Lt. Clenn Frost, the platoon leader, took every opportunity to dismount and mingle with the people. Women brought their children out of their compound gates to say hello. A local sheik spontaneously invited us into his garden for colas and sesame biscuits."

Not that this optimistic attitude is all that healthy. The threat of a civil war will continue to exist - strongly. I could even argue that a civil war in Iraq is inevitable when and if the US troops withdraw too hastily (or are forced to give away a significant amount of responsibility). But the past few days have shown one thing - that the mainstream media and some (most?) left-wing pinkos are eagerly waiting for an inner conflict in Iraq to prove their point.

"...some parties in the West are anxious to believe the worst about Iraq. They've staked their reputations on Iraq's failure."

-New York Post



Blogger Mikko Särelä said...

Onhan Bagdhad Burning -blogi tuttu? (Tätä ei pidä tulkita vastalauseeksi ylläolevalle tekstille vaan ainoastaan vinkiksi blogista, joka sinua voisi hyvinkin kiinnostaa).

March 05, 2006 9:12 PM  
Anonymous Petteri said...

The time will tell whether a civil war is already on or is still to come in Iraq. The only certainty seems to be that nobody can agree with anything and reading about the subject gets you absolutely nowhere. The poor citizens of Iraq are the ones who are paying the heaviest price and we tend to forget that they didn't bring it on themselves. One fact remains; nobody really knows if this is going to end up being a glorious success or a dismal failure. However, we will be a lot wiser within a decade or two.

Oh by the way, I find your blog very hard to read (=see).

March 08, 2006 4:23 AM  
Blogger Mikko Sandt said...

Oh by the way, I find your blog very hard to read (=see).

White text against a black background is hard to read? :(

Onhan Bagdhad Burning -blogi tuttu?

Harmillisesti tuo blogi unohtuu aina. Välillä piipahtelen.

March 13, 2006 2:39 AM  
Anonymous petteri said...

Oh pardon moi, monsieur, if I questioned the readability of your brown on black text!

March 14, 2006 4:20 AM  

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