Innumerable as the Starrs of Night,
Or Starrs of Morning,
Dew-drops, which the Sun
on every leaf and every flouer
Beauty is truth, truth beauty,
— that is all
Ye know on earth, and all
ye need to know.
E = M
Energy is eternal delight.
Impearls: 2005-06-26 Archive
Flypaper Strategy II
Leftist “antiwar” commenters replying to the Cold Fury posting noted in an update to Impearls' earlier piece on this subject, deserve a more extensive response in my view than the fisking they got from that blog's regulars (good though that was), so we'll consider the matter more fully here.
Cold Fury's commenter in his turn doesn't address David Warren's point that “they [the terrorists] sooner or later get themselves killed.” How much experience will the Madrid train bombing suspect who, as the BBC article I linked to reported, recently blew himself up in a suicide bombing in Iraq, carry back to use elsewhere? And that's now typical for the terrorists (aka “Al Qaeda in Iraq,” as they themselves call themselves). Half a year ago the insurgents could attack the Iraqi Police in places like Mosul, and the police would flee in disorder. Now the IP stand their ground, while those trying to attack them are captured and massacred in large numbers. Attacking Coalition troops is even worse for the jihadists' overall longevity. Terrorists are reduced to basically launching suicide bombing attacks on helpless civilians. Coalition troops, on the other hand, are learning and will return with vast experience in coping with them.
The canard that there was no Iraqi gratitude as a result of their liberation following the Saddam Hussein regime's overthrow is latter-day leftist mythologizing, as Christopher Hitchens recently emphasized from his own direct personal experience in Iraq. Moreover, as Iraqi physician and blogger Ali Fadhil states in the very masthead of his blog Free Iraqi: “I was not living before the 9th of April and now I am, so let me speak!” Yep, no gratitude to be found there!
“juaniflaco” would also have us believe that terrorists keep cropping up like the chopped-off heads of Hercules' Hydra — parroting the leftist line that there's no point in killing terrorists in wholesale numbers as the Iraqi and Coalition forces are doing (i.e., we might as well just give up), 'cause “for every one they kill there are 3 more to take their place.” Nonsense! There is an end to how many jihadists can flock to Iraq, and the Coalition and free Iraqis can simply keep killing them as long as they do. Meanwhile, as David Warren perceptively pointed out, the terrorists are not attacking America at home while they're inspired to take the fight to Iraq.
Beyond that, as tubino separately commented:
Answer: yes. But he continues, asserting without evidence:
tubino carefully tries to obfuscate the fact that Iraq and Iraqis still have no history of suicide bombing — as essentially all the suicide bombers, according to reports I've seen, are not Iraqis at all, but foreign jihadists who've come into the country to fight the “Great Satan” over there. But tubino goes on to ask (as if he thinks he knows the answer):
Yes, there is polling data on how Iraqis feel about the Coalition's presence, and guess what: they want us (the Coalition) to stay. As Omar Fadhil at Iraqi blog Iraq the Model reported here back in May, 2005, “Al-Sabah [newspaper] is conducting a new opinion poll and till no[w] 1590 people have said their opinion about this question: What is the task Jafari's government has to handle first?” Selected findings:
Thus, Iraqis overwhelmingly oppose the Coalition's presence in their country… not! On the contrary, the conclusion is inescapable that while the presence of Coalition forces is certainly exciting to foreign jihadists, it's not particularly upsetting to the Iraqis themselves.
Beyond that, the idea that Iraq's “occupation by a foreign power,” as tubino puts it, is the primary motivator for the foreign jihadists I believe is wrong (some leftists even like to pretend that the prison camp at Guantanamo is the major draw for terrorists, which is utterly insane).
For those who tend toward this opinion, let me posit this question: what do you suppose is likelier to inspire and draw out terrorists from their hidey-holes throughout the Middle East and world, a huge spectacular victory for their side (the “stronger horse,” as Bin Laden put it) such as thousands of Americans (little demonic representatives of the Great Satan) getting immolated alive on world television, as occurred on September 11, 2001 — or the symbol of terrorist defeat, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, such as Guantanamo and the Coalition's presence in those countries represent?
I submit that the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsing in flames, while tiny figures hurl themselves in despair and horror off into space, was and is the greatest recruiting tool for jihadists imaginable.
The future potentiality of that, and worse, is what fighting the terrorists in Iraq and beyond is intended to foreclose.
Omar goes on:
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