Friday, April 11, 2008


Michael Ledeen reminds us that even if the Democrats succeed in surrendering Iraq, it will not get us out of war. He quotes from The Mesopotamian, an Iraqi blogger:
The solution of the Iraqi situation cannot be helped by trying to find scapegoats and excuses to run away and escape. The formulae expounded by the Democrats amount to nothing but defeat and escapism. The problem is that this is a situation where defeat is fatal. If anybody thinks that the U.S. can run away this time, and sits safely and happily in tranquil isolation between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, is in grave error. Solutions can be found to reduce casualties and expenses, but the strategic involvement of the U.S. in Iraq is a necessary and sufficient condition to avert a disaster the scale of which boggles the mind. A disaster that is infinitely more serious and dangerous than the aftermath of the Vietnam defeat. Because the Vietnamese had a clear objective, i.e. to unify their country and once that this objective had been achieved, they had no more business with the U.S. and the West. In the case of Iraq, the objectives and purposes of the enemy are fundamentally different, as has been expounded “maint fois” by people of the like of Al-Zawahiri et. al.; so many times have we heard Al-Qaeda leaders affirm that they consider Iraq the central front in their International Jihad campaign, and as being the more appropriate battle ground, being in the heart of the Arab world and so near to the holy lands apropos to which they share the sick visions of certain of their western (and non-western) counterparts of Armageddon’s and Apocalypses and all such kinds of nonsense and legend.


Now, let us consider some recent words uttered by Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who is recovering from a major defeat in trying to take control of events in Iraq (clearly the Iranian Prez is much more clever guy than all the Democrat leaders combined-- for realizing the strategic importance of Iraq in the greater war we are engaged in):
Mashhad, 10 April (AKI) - Iran's hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday his country's objective was to destroy what he called corrupt western powers.
"Our objective is to annihilate all corrupt powers that dominate our planet today," said Ahmadinejad.

He was speaking in the holy Shia city of Mashhad, located 850 kilometres east of the Iranian capital Tehran at an event where he met Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade.

Ahmadinejad also "advised" western powers to repent or, "otherwise Iranians will hoist their flag on the roof of their buildings."...

The all-encompassing hatred of the West that lies at the core of the Islamic totalitarian ideology--bothe the Sunni and Shia versions-- is what we are fighting against; and one of the crucial fronts in this war is in Iraq.

But, as I have argued numerous times, Iraq is also a key front on a philosophical war with today's postmodern political left, who seem to share with the Islamists that same all-encompassing hatred of the West and its values. Indeed, they share it with anyone who hates freedom and democracy and are only too happy to cozy up to the tyrant du jour and work closely with them for 'peace'. They draw a line, though, when it comes to working with a Republican President of the US.

For both of those reasons, we must develop a strategy that will "finish the job and not leave a mess"--in other words, to defeat both the barbarians from without who violently threaten Western Civilization and seek a physical return to the Dark Ages; as well as the barbarians from within who seek to undermine and destroy Western Civilization with their smarmy politically correct ideology, whose words and dogmatically righteous platitudes effectively enable and encourage the evil that threatens us.

My position is unequivocally that both ideologies must be defeated by the forces of good in Iraq and everywhere they have taken root.

There is no 'get out of war' card to be played, because (to paraphrase Aragorn's remark to Theoden, who does not want to risk a war with Saruman) 'open war is upon us whether we would risk it or not'--and it is being fought on the battlefield in Iraq and in the defeatism and nihilism of all the Democratic party Wormtongues.

It will inexorably come to us even if we try to run away from it in Iraq, because its goal is our annihilation.

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