WHAT REAL IRAQIS ARE SAYING
By Alan Caruba
If common sense is any kind of indicator, the poll is wrong. In the run-up to the transfer of power to a sovereign Iraqi provisional government, the enemies of freedom escalated their indiscriminate bombings and Iraqis were advised to stay off the streets. If the U.S. forces had withdrawn prior to or right after the transfer of power, the streets of Iraqi cities would run red with the blood of its citizens. They know that.
Everything we read and hear about events in Iraq comes to us filtered by a news media that is more interested in body counts, assassinations, and bombings of various facilities there. Other sources of information are available, but most of us don’t have the time to check them out, and then there’s the problem of sorting out the “spin” of various government spokespersons, whether ours or theirs.
That’s why www.Iraqataglance.blogspot.com, is especially valuable to anyone trying to understand what is actually going on in a nation struggling against many forces, internal and external, to emerge from three decades of Saddam Hussein’s oppression into a genuinely sovereign and self-governing constitutional democracy.
Since what we mostly see on television are the bombed-out skeletons of automobiles or oil pipelines set ablaze or armed militias parading, the tendency is to forget that Iraq is home to millions of well-educated people pursuing various professions and eager to embrace freedom. Theirs is a future that is utterly dependent on the will of Americans to see the liberation of Iraq through to a conclusion that benefits Iraqis, the Middle East, our strategic objectives, and, finally, a world threatened by an Islamic holy war.
The Internet website provides Iraqis the opportunity to express themselves, and, of particular value to Americans, it is in English, a second language for many educated Iraqis. The site is maintained by “AYS,” a dentist who lives in Baghdad. Those who blog on it likewise identify themselves only by their initials.
In mid-June, AYS reflected on those who had been blaming Americans for their current problems, writing:
In a nation undergoing a painful transition, rumors of conspiracies abound and, indeed, America is rife with conspiracy theories as well, conspiracy theories concerning our own affairs and those of others. What makes this interesting is that, throughout the Middle East, Israel is always given as the reason for anything that goes wrong.
AYS went on to note:
Thus, for AYS and many other Iraqis, the idea that Israel is to blame for their current problems, and the notion of Arabs united for their mutual benefit, are beginning to give way to a sense of being citizens of a sovereign nation whose neighbors are actually the real threat to their new, great hope for constitutional democracy and its benefits.
Commenting on Muqtada Al-Sadr, AYS said in mid-June:
AYS then relates that Iraqis regard Muqtada as a thief and a lowlife.
In early June, AYS said:
This is why, in the run-up to the June 28 turnover of sovereignty, the enemies of constitutional democracy were trying to kill the new government’s leaders.
There are many other bloggers on this website and they speak of the level of crime that still exists in Iraqi cities, the need for more electricity, and other everyday problems that are, by all accounts, being addressed. A nation whose previous police authorities were often little more than thugs will need time to fashion a new police force that respects the rule of law and a judicial system that administers the law fairly. It will need border guards and a military that can and will function effectively. None of this will happen overnight, but, with patience and perseverance, it can and will happen.
Iraq also needs the patience and perseverance of the American people. Our military will need to be there a long time to assist the building of a new nation from scratch. The good news is that, among Iraq’s intelligentsia and its middle class, there is plenty of talent and the will to achieve a nation that can and will function in the modern world.
The modern world, i.e., Western ideas and values, are what the enemies of progress and nationhood in Iraq fear most. It is the reason that the Third Great Jihad is being waged against the United States of America and against the West.
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