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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

U.S. and Iraqi troops launch a surprise offensive to round up more insurgents and terrorists in the al-Anbar Province. This is another great stepping stone for the coalition forces. I think that the new Iraqi army/police have a bit more training to do before they can conduct this type of operation on their own, but nonetheless, it is a step in the right direction.

Together, US and Iraqi forces are little by little making Iraq into the country that the people have only dreamed of in the past. The ultimate goal of the coalition is not to occupy someone else's country, but to free an oppressed people. They are making huge strides. What a lot of people fail to realize is that the process of reconstruction takes a long time. An insurgency only hinders this process. It is not a process that can happen overnight as infrastructures have to be rebuilt, electricity must be restored, an economic base must be established, a democratic government (in this case) must be put into place and a police/army force has to be trained.

Good work, I hope that there is more of this in the future. These types of operations can only dissuade the insurgents to realize how futile their cause is.


Seems like kind of an unusual photo to make your point, but hey, whatever gets your.... I don't remember the rest of that expression, but you get the point.

To the insurgents, America is an invading foreign country who forced their way in, smashed everything the insurgents knew - some of which the insurgents viewed as bad, but including the system of living which they had already adjusted to and become familiar with - killed family and friends, made their living conditions miserable, and who are now trying to take control of every aspect of their lives. Nevermind the fact that American troops are trying to restore electricity and an economic base, it was the American troops who destroyed the old economic base, who made it so the electricity went down in the first place. Not saying the insurgents are right, only that they aren't just out for blood because they're hateful or bad people. When we tell them that there's no hope, that they're fighting a losing battle and they can't win, we're asking them to defy us - that's how heroes are made, standing up for what's right (or seems right) against overwhelming odds, fighting until the last man, woman and child is dead.
Evil you're right, when tyranny is abolished, the tyrants are unhappy about it. However, while that may provide them with a motivation to kill in attempts to re-establish the old order, it certainly doesn't provide legitimacy for them to do so.

Nor does having a motivation to kill mean that the killers aren't "hateful or bad people." It just means they're motivated hateful and bad people.
While it may be an unusual photograph to you, it was one of two available. I chose that one due to the fact it demonstrates the up-close and personal actions that are taking place.

I don't sympathize with the insurgents (nor the suspected) due to the fact that if the US military comes knocking on your door in your country, chances are you have done something to warrant that knock. If they are given a reprieve due to their innocence, good for them. War, as it seems to me, is not a game.

I would agree with your comments about the insurgents being angry. They have gone from running a country by means of theft, murder, rape and fear for a very long time, to having to face democracy for the first time. The main difference being, they are the ones feeling the 'wrath' of the people, not the other way around.

It most definitely was not the American troops who destroyed that country's infrastructure. Solidified its demise perhaps (through no fault of their own mind you); the country has been in shambles for a very long time. If you get a chance, take a look at an Iraq timeline. That country is no stranger to trouble.

You may justify the insurgents' actions by stating that they aren't out for blood just because, but I don't see it that way. As a matter of fact, with little base of religion to hold on to any longer, they really have no leg to stand on.

Islam is supposedly a peaceful religion, but these 'heroes' as you like to call them, have made a mockery of the religion by claiming their actions are in lieu of Allah. In reality, I believe that most of them have answered your other heroes' (al-Zarqawi and bin Laden types) religious edicts in the form of jihad and associated fatwa's and for what? To conciously hinder the betterment of their countrymen? If not, then I would say that they have lost their sense of nationalism and pride (if it was ever there to begin with) and relented to being ego-driven, power hungry fools.

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