Does the Left really want the US to lose the war?
Christopher Hitchens asks exactly the right question: If the Left is so concerned about the conditions in Iraq, why aren't they helping out? Does the Left really want the US to lose the Iraq War? How can so many people watch this as if they were spectators, handicapping and rating the successes and failures from some imagined position of neutrality? Do they suppose that a defeat in Iraq would be a defeat only for the Bush administration? The United States is awash in human rights groups, feminist organizations, ecological foundations, and committees for the rights of minorities. How come there is not a huge voluntary effort to help and to publicize the efforts to find the hundreds of thousands of "missing" Iraqis, to support Iraqi women's battle against fundamentalists, to assist in the recuperation of the marsh Arab wetlands, and to underwrite the struggle of the Kurds, the largest stateless people in the Middle East? Is Abu Ghraib really the only subject that interests our humanitarians? I've always wonderd about that, and I am saddend to say that the answer is "Yes". It seems that people want the US to fail in the Iraq to teach "The arrogant US" and "Stupid Bush" a lesson and they don't really care about the consequences that such a lesson might have on the region. In a conversation I had with my aunt and I've had with many people since, they seem to want the US to lose, without understanding that this would mean that the bloodthursty terrorists of Al QAEDA and Zarqawi would win, which would also mean calamity to the Iraqi people. Those are the same people who were so opposed to the US going into Iraq because the loss of civillian lives and ignored all the hundreds of thousands of iraqi civillians who died on the hand of Saddam and they are the ones advocating that the US withdraws from there tommorow, if not today. It's like they are saying "Oh, so what if the US pulls out and Iraq descends into chaos? That's the iraqis problem now. You mean that the fundemntalists might make another Afghanistan out of it? Oh, that's horrible. Oh well, too bad. I can't be botherd by this now: the republicans look bad after their defeat and now the democrats are going to win for sure. Go HILLARY for 08!" Christopher thinks along the same line it seems: For day after day last month I could not escape the news of the gigantic "Live 8" enterprise, which urged governments to do more along existing lines by way of debt relief and aid for Africa. Isn't there a single drop of solidarity and compassion left over for the people of Iraq, after three decades of tyranny, war, and sanctions and now an assault from the vilest movement on the face of the planet? Unless someone gives me a persuasive reason to think otherwise, my provisional conclusion is that the human rights and charitable "communities" have taken a pass on Iraq for political reasons that are not very creditable. And so we watch with detached curiosity, from dry land, to see whether the Iraqis will sink or swim. For shame. Word.