Jul 10 2007
I really need someone to help me understand some things.
Everyone is up in arms about Iraq. Most people want the soldiers back home. President Bush’s approval rating is at 29%, presumably because people are mad about the war. Certainly, most people have enough money right now to buy every gadget and possession they can imagine so the economy can’t be the issue.
Personally, I believe we will live to regret the day we prematurely leave Iraq and I’ll tell you why.
Something not often reported in newspapers are the REASONS why al-Qaeda blows things and people up. Why is it that they like murder so much? Of course, most Westerners, the lazy people that we are, will simply say, “Oh, they’re crazy.” And that’s the end of the discussion. But below the surface is a reason for violence that would change many people’s views of what’s happening in Iraq.
Al-Qaeda and other radical Isalmic organizations are fighting for nothing less than worldwide sharia law. They want the rule of Islam to be instituted as the state government in every country in the world. Because THEY are currently in the middle east, they’re starting there. They view anyone who does NOT want to implement sharia an infidel. That is why they have no qualms killing other Muslims. They do not view them as true muslims but as kufr, apostates from the Islamic faith. Thus, as any infidel, death is their deserved fate for rebelling against the teachings of the Qu’ran.
While this is an incredibly short explanation and does not get into much detail, it is enough for me to ask my question. What happens when the US leaves Iraq and Iraq is not able to stand on its own (which it certainly isn’t now!)? Who will take power? Is it only the US that the men of al-Qaeda want to see ousted? It is not. Like the Taliban has done in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda will continue to ruin the country of Iraq. What is worse is that Iraq, unlike Afghanistan, has natural resources in the form of oil. If al-Qaeda takes over Iraq upon our departure and builds the infrastructure to the point that they are able to export oil, they will have an endless stream of revenue to finance their terror plots worldwide.
And make no mistake that their ambition is not only the subjugation of Iraq or Afghanistan. Like any organization with goals, this is just the beginning of a grander plan.
So I ask again…why are we fleeing Iraq? Yes, soldiers die every day and that is tragic. And Iraqi civilians are being killed by the dozen and that makes me super sad. But to look BACKWARD and talk about “Bush lied” or any other such rhetoric is NOT where the debate should be focused. Those decisions are sunk costs. The current decision should ONLY be framed by what’s best for all parties going forward. Because I believe my analysis to be correct (gleaned from other sources, obviously, as I’m not that smart), I think our only course of action is to stay.
To give al-Qaeda time to mobilize its forces (people), resources (weapons/cash), and overthrow the Iraqi government would eventually spell far more death and destruction than we can imagine. Because Iraq is not their end game. They have sworn over and over that they want every country to be under sharia law. So whether we like it or not, this battle against radical Islam (which should really be termed a different religion altogether) is just beginning.
If someone can convince me I’m wrong, I will certainly listen. But it bristles me that so much of the rhetoric and debate on Capitol Hill focuses on so much emotionalism and so little reason. I wish the war wasn’t happening either, but it is. And if we don’t finish it right, we will pay a far higher price in the future.