PULL OUT THE TROOPS?
A PORTENT OF THINGS TO COME: IRAQ
If troops are pulled out of Iraq, and the country is left to its own devices
BRITAIN PULLED ITS TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ AT THE END OF 2007
[Iraqis in Basra, south-east of Baghdad] are becoming increasingly alarmed, saying that killings, kidnappings and other crimes have increased significantly since British forces turned over responsibility for Basra at the end of last year.
Thousands of people took to the streets Saturday [March 7, 2008] in Basra, protesting deteriorating security in the southern city where Iraqi forces assumed responsibility for safety last December.
Dozens of women were slain in Basra by religious extremists last year because of how they dressed, their mutilated bodies found with notes warning against "violating Islamic teachings."
DO WE CARE? SHOULD WE CARE?
Iraqi police and army have been trained by the U.S., EU countries, in Jordan, for years now. If Iraq cannot get its shit together, why should we expend more lives, limbs, and money to fix something that could only be held together by Saddam Hussein's sheer brutality?
MORAL: Where Islam reigns, violence and death abound. The violence. mayhem and death called for in the koran is honored more by its observance than its breach. Yes, we have violence, murder, kidnappings, and mayhem in the United States, but not mass murders on the scale that they have here.
The U.S. military said that Iraqi security forces had discovered a mass grave in Diyala province containing perhaps 100 bodies. Police also reported that the bullet-riddled bodies of 13 men were found near the same town.
Also Saturday, two separate bombings in the province northeast of Baghdad left six people dead.
In Basra, Iraq's second-largest city and the urban center of an oil-rich region, Shiite groups have been wrestling for control.
Get this--rival Shi'ite groups are vying for control and supremacy!
So, it won't be only Sunnis and Shi'ites at each others' throats, but internecine fighting within the factions!
What do we do?
An Islamic country is an ENEMY country!
Make no mistake, see how warmly Iraq's PM welcomed Iran's Ahmadinejad! Iran has openly declared that we, the U.S. are the enemy (along with Israel, of course).
The reasoning is that we must stay in Iraq--for 100 years possibly--to keep the Iraqis from slaughtering each other AND to keep Iran from directing Iraq's destiny.
About the Iraqis slaughtering each other, I couldn't care less. Whenever Moslem kills Moslem, it means one less Moslem who can try and kill us.
Iran running the show in Iraq means that Al Qaeda would be given a free hand there--training camps, a safe haven, support by two governments.
Al Qaeda is our--the U.S.'s--sworn enemy.
We cannot allow Iraq to become a safe haven for Al Qaeda.
Therefore, we must always have a free hand in Iraq to crush our enemies in that country--that we freed from a brutal dictator.
That means that we must have access to Iraq--to kill our enemies in that country.
IF IRAN MOVES INTO IRAQ, AFTER WE PULL OUT OUR TROOPS, WE WILL NOT HAVE THAT ACCESS.
We cannot allow that. The solution: Iran must be kept so busy concerned with its own survival that it will be unable to meddle in Iraq.
How do you keeep Iran turned inwards? Hit its nuclear facilities. Harass its fleet in the Persian Gulf. Shoot down any missiles Iran test launches. If Iran declares war against us? Or hits our facilities? Shock and Awe, but not half-heartedly--all out. What if Russia objects? The UN objects? The EU countries in business with Iran object? Let 'em!
It's going to happen sooner or later. Sooner is better, before Iran goes nuclear.
The solution to the Iraq problem is Iran. Hindsight, that --what we should've done, that is, kept Saddam in power to counterbalance Iraq--won't get us anywhere. It is what it is.
I repeat: to keep only necessary strike forces in Iraq--AND FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE STOP BUILDING UP IRAQ'S INFRASTRUCTURE--WHILE OUR OWN HERE IS COLLAPSING--Iran must be made to look inwards, to lick its wounds, to explode against us, if necessary, and then be crushed. And no more rebuilding any more countries, please!
BAGHDAD(AP) Thousands of people took to the streets Saturday [March 7, 2008] in Basra, protesting deteriorating security in the southern city where Iraqi forces assumed responsibility for safety last December.
By BUSHRA JUHI - Writer, Associated Press
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