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American democracy will not take root in Iraq

March 14th, 2007  ·  31 Comments

US strategy in Iraq is based on the mistaken assumption that Arab Islamic culture is fertile ground for American-style democracy.

But has that form of democracy ever been successful in the Middle East?

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What Middle East is Rice visiting?

October 4th, 2006  ·  48 Comments

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suggested following talks with her Saudi counterpart on Tuesday that the Arab world has come to a concensus on the need to recognize Israel’s right to exist as the Jewish state.

Either Rice is visiting a Middle East in some parallel universe, or she is severely out of touch with the will of the Arab street.

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Misrepresenting Iraq

August 6th, 2006  ·  1 Comment

Condi Rice today claimed that Iraq is en route to becoming one of America’s strongest and most fierce allies in the global war on terror, by virtue of the fact its population has suffered so much terror lately.

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What happens when you mix rogue regimes and terror

July 15th, 2006  ·  1 Comment

The combination of rogue Islamic regimes and terrorist organizations is a recipe for instability and mass bloodshed, and was consequently one of the primary justifications behind America’s invasion of Iraq.

Terrorist organizations are far more likely to, as the Saudis put it, engage in “irresponsible adventurism.” They only lack the resources available to a sovereign state.

Throw in an Iran, add a little Syria, and you have a well-armed, technologically-advanced, foaming-mouthed terrorist organization like Hizb’allah that is light years ahead of its “Palestinian” allies.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah and all their buddies could not in their wildest dreams hope to knock out an Israeli warship.

Thank God the US took out Saddam Hussein, or we may be in a lot more trouble than we are today.

What American occupation can do

July 9th, 2006  ·  11 Comments

In the wake of World War II, the United States occupied and controlled many aspects of life in Japan. Today that nation is one of the world’s most peaceful and prosperous.

A similar phenomenon is taking place in Iraq, though not to quite so drastic a degree. (Perhaps that’s because the occupation is not as full-fledged as in post-WWII Japan?)

If comments made by Iraqi readers on a BBC forum (BBC no less!) discussing the abduction of IDF Corporal Gilad Shalit are anything to go by, the citizens of Iraq are beginning – as a direct result of America’s intervention – to reject terrorism so thoroughly as to actually support Israel’s current action against Hamas.

From Iraq the Model, whose author was kind enough to monitor the Arabic-language BBC site and translate some of the more pertinent comments:

“About three dozens of comments were made by Iraqis both inside Iraq and in exile and all these comments were supportive of Israel or at least against Hamas as far as the topic is concerned except for only three comments; that’s a 10:1 ratio while as you probably have guesses, the opposite ratio is true about the comments by the rest of Arabs.”

“…what really makes me feel optimistic about this new Iraqi way of thinking is that it shows how Iraqis are beginning to distinguish between terrorism and rightful acts of resistance not only in Iraq but also on a global level and are showing decreasing tolerance for extremism and this in my opinion is what builds peace in the region or any given region of this world.”

How to really beat terror

March 30th, 2006  ·  12 Comments

Can someone please convince the Bush Administration that these truths also hold true in Israel:

In Iraq and around the world, we will never peacefully dissuade those dedicated to violence against us. They must be captured or killed.

Nor are the actual terrorist murderers the only problem:

sympathetic local populations…sustain the insurgency with cash, weapons, and intelligence.

And, in the case of the Palestinian Arabs’ overwhelming elecion of Hamas, with international legitimacy.

The article also provides logic that perfectly explains how and why Hamas managed to score its electoral coup:

Hamas is an “enemy who thrives by delivering empowerment and vengeance to [a population] drowning in poverty, social humiliation, and political marginalization. These masses in return sustain the enemy — passively with cover and actively with fighters.

Where I disagree with the authors is in their view that overwhelming firepower is not part of the answer, but rather greater involvement of local law inforcement.

If the Israeli-Arab conflict has taught anything, it is that in the Muslim world the perception of strength carries much weight.

When the enemy is perceived as strong, the terrorists are deterred. When the enemy is perceived as weak due to its failure to respond strongly to the terrorists’ threat, those terrorists are better able to convince local populations of their own strength, and so gain greater support.

The authors get back on track with their assessment of the need for a re-education of the local population.

The overall strategy, however, should be closer to that implemented again Japan in World War II – a strategy that worked perhaps better than any expected.

The Japanese were a people unquestionably dedicated to war on behalf of their deified emperor. It was overwhelming American firepower that convinced them of their own weakness and the need to lay down their arms, leading to the ability to carry out a true re-education of the general population.

Israel’s approach should be no different – the outright defeat of its enemies, followed by a concerted Israeli-controlled campaign to win the hearts and minds of the local Arabs through education.

This, of course, is unlikely to happen in the current liberal atmosphere of appeasement.

Fortunately, all hope is not lost. One day the overwhelming firepower of the Messiah will defeat Israel’s enemies, and a divine program of re-education will transform not only the Arabs’ hearts and minds, but their very souls.