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Monday, March 21, 2005

Iraqi Voices Round-Up 

Seekerblog, Little Green Footballs, Dean's World and Wizbang and I weren't alone in contrasting the goals of the anti-war left with the aspirations of the Iraqi people. However, months of slanted MSN coverage -- though, as discussed below, the NY Times may have stumbled onto the truth -- many Dems still think the war was a mistake. Such lefties may be educated, but they're not smart enough to gather facts--particularly the views of Iraqis.

MaxedOutMama started with an excellent summary of global and Iraqi opinion. I'd like to help. So, here's my round-up of Iraqi bloggers as they approached the invasion's second birthday: Despite this optimism, most of the MSN remains determined to shape the story to their anti-Bush bias. For example, Chrenkoff noted this Agence France-Presse report, headlined "45 killed in insurgent attacks." A reader had to reach the second paragraph to learn that casualties included "Twenty-four Iraqi insurgents were killed and six coalition soldiers wounded"--meaning more than half the dead were terrorists themselves.

Of course, the newly-free Iraqi press confirmed that Iraqis support the war on terror even though most terrorists are fellow Arabs, according to Kirk Sowell at Window on the Arab World, "Today’s edition of the Iraqi newspaper Al-Bawaba had this to say, reporting comments from Abd al-Aziz Hakim, chairman of the Supreme Islamic Revolutionary Council of Iraq, which is aligned with the Shia party which now forms the dominant faction in the Iraqi parliament":
[Hakim] demanded a frank apology from the Jordanian monarch, King Abdullah II… He also called for the formation of an investigative committee regarding what happened with regard to the praise of terrorists and the raising of barriers to the infiltration of terrorists [from across the Iraqi-Jordanian border] because that was something which would affect relations between Jordan and Iraq.
To its credit, the NY Times may be emerging from its long-standing leftist smoke screen. Beneath the headline "Insurgency Is Fading Fast," Saturday's Times reported:
The top Marine officer in Iraq said Friday that the number of attacks against American troops in Sunni-dominated western Iraq and death tolls had dropped sharply over the last four months, a development that he called evidence that the insurgency was weakening in one of the most violent areas of the country.

The officer, Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, head of the First Marine Expeditionary Force, said that insurgents were averaging about 10 attacks a day, and that fewer than two of those attacks killed or wounded American forces or damaged equipment. That compared with 25 attacks a day, five of them with casualties or damage, in the weeks leading up to the pivotal battle of Falluja in November. . .

He said that several hundred hard-core jihadists and former members of Saddam Hussein's government and security services were still operating in Anbar Province, but that the declining frequency of the attacks indicated that the rebels' influence was waning.

"They're way down on their attempts, and even more on their effectiveness," General Sattler said.
When the Times says "uncle", it's obvious the terrorists are losing. Blogger Austin Bay explains the shift:
Iraqis are sick and tired of Zarqawi’s and Al Qaeda’s murder and destruction and they want other Arab Muslim countries to take strong action. This hatred for Zarqawi isn’t a new phenomenon – I heard similar comments last summer in Baghdad. Now –after the Iraqi elections– the Iraqi people feel confident enough to demonstrate in the streets. That means they attract cameras–even Al Jazeerah’s.

The demonstrations are another huge political defeat for Al Qaeda. The demonstrations make the point that Al Qaeda kills Arabs, Al Qaeda kills Muslims. Washington fretted -and quite correctly– that the coalition was losing the “information war.” Since January 30th, the Iraqis have been winning that war.
Writing in NRO, David Rivkin Jr. and Glenn Sulmasy agree:
[T]he brutal behavior of our enemies, designed to intimidate and frighten their opponents, has instead helped to invigorate the democratic forces. For example, in the process of trying to block the ongoing democratic transformation in Iraq, the Islamist forces have resorted to such illegal combat tactics as wholesale attacks on the civilian population and, in the infamous words of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, “have declared a bitter war against the principle of democracy and all those who seek to enact it.” These developments have helped to delegitimize the jihadis in the eyes of ordinary people throughout the region and expose them for what they are — brutal murderers and thugs, who violate the most fundamental and obligatory precepts of Islam. Meanwhile, the fact that the jihadis have manifestly failed to shake the resolve of the majority of the Iraqi people or to dislodge the U.S. forces has robbed them of much of their mystique as the allegedly invincible Islamic warriors.

These gradual, yet definite, shifts in the Islamic public opinion — some attributable to the administration’s pro-democracy ventures and others stemming from the justifiable revulsion against the excesses of the Islamist forces — are a key strategic development.
To sum up, pampered lefties in America, Canada and Europe insist Coalition forces in Iraq are both unwanted and beaten. Equally anti-American and anti-military, they're unreliable analysts of the tactical picture. Similarly, their assertion that America's an unwanted occupying power -- and thus the legitimate target of Iraqi patriots -- has no basis. Some lefties remain capable debaters, albeit blissfully unencumbered by facts.

Yesterday's protestors falsely claim the moral high ground by insisting they speak for the Iraqi people. They don't. Somehow -- despite their oft-professed concern for supposed victims of oppression -- they never bothered to ask.

(via Instapundit and Publius Pundit)

More:

Patrick at Liberating Iraq:
Despite all the bad news, the key strategic marking posts were related to getting political development and security progress, and the media would constantly ignore or misstate such progress while highlighting the negative. The never-objective media was blinded by their bias; they rarely saw through the ugly and crazy elements of wars and near-wars to understand the elemental truth that the U.S. had radically changed the political landscape, and that change was inevitable, powerful and for the better. Throughout this process, the US intervention in Iraq has been like an underappreciated and undervalued investment that many just couldnt bring themselves to believe in. Since January 30th elections, it's been a 'bull market' for perception about the future of Iraq.

But if you paid attention back in May 2004, when Bush laid out his plans publicly, if you looked at the strategic configuration of what victory would require and what defeat would have to look like, you would have a few simple questions. The only strategic questions would be: Would USA stick to the course and ensure victory for democracy? Would Iraqis accept the opportunity for freedom? What would the price be?

Question 1 was answered in early November 2004, with the re-election of Bush - yes, USA would stay the course to victory. Question 2 was decided in January 2005, with the successful Iraqi elections - yes, they will build the institutions of freedom.
Still More:

A powerful piece from Omar at Iraq the Model:
These days we're living the 2nd anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom, an occasion that is very dear to my heart and the hearts of all freedom loving people all over the world.

This operation is still controversial to many people some are with and some are against it and many people still question the legal and ethical basis of this operation which continues to be a source for many visions regarding its future positive and negative effects on the region and the rest of the world.

It is ironic that many cities in the world witnessed "Anti-War" demonstrations while in Iraq, the people were demonstrating against Arab countries interfering with the internal affairs of Iraq.

Should we wait for the world to join us? Or maybe we're in a valley and the rest of the world is in another valley, like the old saying we have here.

Our support for this operation wasn't inspired from shallow reasons. It is inspired from the depth of the tragedy we lived in Iraq for 35 years under Saddam's regime and those who didn't live that tragedy will not be able to easily absorb my endorsement for the principle of using force to make the change.

Saddam and his gang knew nothing but force as a way to deal with my people and that's why using greater force was the only way that could get us out of the closed ring of despair, fear and organized violence that harvested the lives of more than two million Iraqis and made four other millions homeless, devastated the infrastructure and the economy and made Iraq among the poorest countries on earth, ruined the planet's most fertile lands and divided the sons of the one nation with his racist and sectarian conflicts-provoking policies.

A comparison is essential to understand what's going on; I don't care about what's being repeated by the media, I talk only about the facts I see everyday and not only today; my eyes are wide opened to the future of Iraq several years from now.

Iraq is definitely better nowadays than it was under Saddam despite all the sacrifices we had to give in the last 24 months and even by considering the body count (that I hate to mention) I see that Operation Iraqi Freedom has preserved too many human lives that could've been lost to the injustice and brutality of Saddam.

Like most Iraqis, I don't want Iraq to go back to the days of Saddam; nothing can match the freedom that we won. And let's not forget that most of the Iraqis who lost their lives in the last two years were victims of terrorism not the military operation itself. . .

The bad side effects of the liberation stand small when compared with what we have suffered from under Saddam's regime or when compared with what the progress that has been achieved since the liberation.

Saying that the post-liberation years have brought the worst to Iraq is a mere joke and carries all the signs of mental disorders or total ignorance.

I believe that those who are looking for a legal justification for the war on Saddam should take a look at the crimes that are being committed by oppressive regimes all over the world; dictators ruling with fire and steel taking legitimacy from the 'Pathetic Nations' and the international laws that bless the bloody hands of tyrants that are rejected by their desperate people. . .

What kind of ethics stands behind this?

Silence and stagnation are the qualities of the helpless who would prefer pain and humiliation over the change for the better.

Humanity will not evolve without daring bravery in judging and rejecting the dark past and looking forward to changing the old ways.

All new ideas and ways were fiercely fought and called the worst names but the greatness of mankind lies in its love for progress.

Survival and development were always the outcome of taking the move not standing still and accepting what already exists.

We need to change the concepts and ways that no longer serve our problems and dreams. The old pillars of legitimacy and law are no longer representative of these values because they let crimes take place under the noses of the protectors of law and justice.

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3 Comments:

Very comprehensive, Carl. It's sad that the excitement, the pride, and the growing confidence of the Arab progressives isn't really being covered in the news. It still irks me that there are some who dismiss Arabs as incapable of the same aspirations that westerners have. I don't know - maybe if they had a wall or something to knock down they could get serious press.

I remember Poland's escape and the Berlin Wall being knocked down. I remember the excitement and the celebration all across the free nations. It's sad that what has to be such huge news in these countries receives so little credence and, well, respect. It's a huge human story.

By Blogger MaxedOutMama, at 12:20 AM, March 21, 2005  

Comprehensive indeed. Great work. I linked to you from here.

By Anonymous Myopic Zeal, at 6:53 AM, March 21, 2005  

More detail in the long list of Lies Told By Leftists.

By Blogger Brian H, at 10:29 PM, March 22, 2005  

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