Thursday, May 10, 2007

Alas, Mohammed

[posted by Callimachus]

He writes, from Iraq, his homeland:

I wasn't surprised when I saw Al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, appear on Al Jazeera to announce America's defeat last week, not long after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did. Zawahiri claims Al Qaeda has won, and Reid claims America has lost.

But from here in Baghdad, I see only a war that's still raging - with no victory in sight for Al Qaeda or any other entity. In fact, I see Al Qaeda on the ropes, losing support among my fellow Iraqis.

... It is up to us to show tyrants and murderers like Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah, Syria's Bashar Assad, and their would-be imitators who seek to control Iraq's people and wealth that we, the people, are not their possessions. They can't take out our humanity and they can't force us to back down.

The world should ask them to leave our land before asking the soldiers of freedom to do so.

... And so, my friends, I will call for fighting this war just as powerfully as the bad guys do - because I must show them that I'm stronger than they are. The people of America need to understand this: the enemies of a stable Iraq are America's enemies, and they simply do not understand the language of civilization and reason.

... Those who prefer to bury their heads in the dirt today, and withdraw from this difficult fight, will be cursed forever for abandoning their duty when they were most capable. I don't understand why someone who has all the tools for victory would refuse to fight an enemy that reminds us every day that it is evil - with all the daily beheadings, torture and violations of all humane laws and values.

Perhaps some of our anti-war friends, when they can spare time from the essential work of digging up Forrest's corpse and tittering at those Condi "brown sugar" posts on the prominent liberal blogs, can explain to poor Mohammed how it's really going to be better for him for America to simply walk away from the fight it picked.

Two years from today, I predict, al Qaida will be able to say it drove the world's only superpower out of Iraq in humiliation and defeat. And most of the world will believe it. Here at home, the circular cease-firing squad of the anti-war left will beam about its victory over the Bu$hitler war machine. That sound won't carry one inch beyond our shores. Take a good long look at what al Qaida is telling the world already.