By lex, on March 23rd, 2006
Is give peace special forces * a chance…
BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. and British troops Thursday freed three Christian peace activists in rural Iraq without firing a shot, ending a four-month hostage drama in which an American among the group was shot to death and dumped on a Baghdad street. Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, the U.S. military spokesman, said the hostages were being held by a “kidnapping cell” in a western Baghdad house, and the operation to free the captives was based on information from a man captured by U.S. forces only three hours earlier.
It’s better to be lucky than good, but better still to be both. Too bad they couldn’t save American hostage Tom Fox. Too bad the home guard couldn’t spare a moment to thank the rescuers without politicizing it:
“We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq,” (Christian Peacemaker Teams co-director Doug)Pritchard said.
Ah, so we’re back to root causes again, are we? Certainly the violence could quickly end if only the coalition troops left right away – if you have faith, maybe?
But this isn’t “faith,” what the Peacemaker Teams are pushing – it’s pure folly, analogous to believing that if only pigs had wings we could maybe call them pigeons. The idea that everything would get better if we just erased the democratically elected government of Iraq of its original sin – that their liberty was earned by coalition power, rather than some fruitless popular uprising against a brutal military dictatorship – is apparently a very much more popular belief among Mr. Pritchard’s friends than it appears to be among the Iraqi people themselves.
But why ask them what they want? It’s not like they’ve got anything at risk if he’s wrong. Except of course their lives, their hard-won freedoms and their children’s future. Except for that.
I’ve said before that there were principled moral and pragmatic reasons to oppose the war before it started. And I can concede that there have been many mistakes made along the way since then. But those arguments before the war were in the end unpersuasive, and the belief that nothing should be attempted unless it be executed flawlessly is simply infantile.
On top of all that, I just can not understand how anyone can truly believe there is either a moral or pragmatic argument to be made for leaving Iraq now, and letting all of those people who went to the polls, and voted – freely voted! – in Iraq! – to be finally strangled to death by the same murderers whose depredations we are treated to with mind-numbing regularity.
This kind of thinking is not just naive. It’s repugnant.
* 07-13-2018 Original link gone; no replacement found – Ed.