Sunday, August 06, 2006

Gen. Pace waxes Pollyannic(sort of)

Times Online: "General John Abizaid, the head of US forces in the Middle East, told the Senate committee that the sectarian violence was “probably as bad as I have seen it, in Baghdad in particular, and if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move towards civil war”.
The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Peter Pace, backed him up. “We do have the possibility of that developing into civil war.” He went on to say: “Shi’ite and Sunni are going to have to love their children more than they hate each other.”
If there was any doubt about the enduring nature of the conflict, Pace came up with the very same phrase that Golda Meir, the former prime minister of Israel, used in frustration about the attitude of “the Arabs” towards her young nation. That was in 1957 and, as the fighting in Lebanon demonstrates, there is still no peace in the Middle East.
The statistics in Iraq tell their own grim story. Over the course of the year, the number of violent killings of civilians has risen from 1,178 in January to 3,149 in June, the latest period for which figures are available. "

In the spirit of the self-described "manly" political phrasing by the GOP, Gen. Pace sounds downright pinko, commie, leftist, tree-hugger, since the muscular militarist approach has completely failed and have cost the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans(it's actually 2600, but pay attention by the end of summer--it'll be 3,000). Pace reflects an Israeli prime minister of the 60s and 70s to describe the state of affairs in the Islamic world and he acts as if it was a surprise. The only surprise here is how incapable the Bush White House has proven its capacity to anticipate obvious problems with their whole Middle East strategy(speak of "liberal" use of the word strategy). It's as if the GOP foreign policy and military wonks were dropped from the sky one day in 2000 when they likely planned this whole disaster(certainly earlier) and disregarded practically the entire history of Middle East relations. Not to forget that the major wars of Israel in 1948, 1967, and 1973 were fought by Islamic armies that had little support from Iran, since the American puppet Shah was in charge after an American coup against Mussadiq, an elected prime minister of Iran in 1953. Now, virtually every Islamic government provides some sort of aid and comfort to our terrorist enemies, including old stalwart friend and peace partner of Camp David, Egypt. Mubarak plays both sides of the fence, encouraging radicals on one hand and preventing them from inclusion in the governance of Egypt on the other. Saudi Arabia definitely supports the populist radical Islamic tide as our other great friend UAE and their exploitation of the American effort in Iraq to effect a pan-Islamic rapprochement between Shiites and Sunnis as exemplified by the Lebanese crisis and Sunni and Christian acceptance of Hezbollah as a legitmate political, humanitarian, and armed force through the widespread Islamic media outlet financed by the emir.

Armageddonists don't get to claim that a global cataclysm which could certainly result from the misguided invasion of Iraq as a prophetic event since they deliberately took the reins of the American ship of state and forced the issue. Self-fulfilling prophecies hardly qualify as legitimate Biblical prophetic events. Maybe some more of our millennialist, armageddon-worshipping jackasses can send their sons and daughters to the recruiting stations to sign up for this war. If you get killed, you have God's blessing. You shouldn't be afraid to die, since you have such good relations with the man upstairs. Tim LaHaye for secretary of state and Pat Robertson as defense minister. Pat's first act: Planning the rescue of good friend and notorious war-criminal Charles Taylor from a Dutch jail. Second act: a full-scale invasion of every Middle Eastern nation we haven't invaded. We could certainly have a lot to watch on the 24 hour cable channels with all that bloodshed to report.


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