Thursday, January 06, 2005

Invader or Friend?

I've noticed a trend among those who accuse the U.S. of invading Iraq. They don't read the blogs.

At least they don't read the Iraqi blogs, including whatever good, heartening news I've linked to, or maybe they read only the militant Iraqi blogs.

Every time I post a link to a blog from Iraq telling that in spite of the terror of war, in spite of the mistakes of the Americans, things are better, life is getting possible, and they couldn't do it without us, someone will invariably comment that that doesn't make it right for us (the U.S. I suppose) to "invade" Iraq.

Okay, did we invade Iraq? Or did we come to Iraq to free it from a terroristic despot? It's important.

I guess it depends on which side you are on.

The vast majority of Iraqis seem to think or at least hope by now that we are there to help them set up a government that won't be run by despot. This is a new thought in that part of the world.

How many times have I heard the difference between under Saddham described as death and now–even in the midst of war–described as life? And this is before the elections, before the struggle is "over" by anyone's rationale.

And yet, daily I am harped on by those who haven't bothered to read the good news in Iraq, who accuse the U.S. of going in illegally, call us terrorists and claim the only honorable thing to do is walk away now–right now. Without elections. Without a stable government or police force, and without a free Iraq.

How do the Iraqis feel about that? Well, the ones I read think it would be stupid, cruel and irresponsible. They are grateful for our willingness to spend lives getting them their lives back.

So, whose side are you on? If you want us to leave now, I guess you're with the terrorists.

And by the way, they would like the media to quit calling the terrorists who are killing civilians "insurgents" or "freedom fighters." It's a hollow laugh here, but over there it is a blood insult.

16 Comments:

Blogger Weirdo said...

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January 6, 2005 at 12:49 AM  
Blogger Hans "KOTM" said...

I notice you quote Christ... Hmmmm intresting, he would have never have invaded anything or anyone... this I know to be a fact!

Cheers and God Bless

January 6, 2005 at 1:02 AM  
Blogger Drae said...

Weirdo, I wanted to leave your comment up because of your thoughts on the war but removed it based your word choices. Pretty much anytime you have to use creative spelling to get by the site censors the comment will have to be removed.

January 6, 2005 at 3:15 AM  
Blogger M+ said...

Excellent points. Most of us 'right thinking' Americans are tired of the lack of 'good news' that comes out of Iraq in the mainstream. But plenty of us know people who're over there making a difference in the lives of people that they really don't even know. Those people tell a much different story from the rest of what we tend to see and hear.
AND for hans "KOTM"; No, I can't see Jesus invading Iraq, but I do recall Him driving the money-changers from the temple. Not exactly a great image of a 'peace-loving' Christ that you'd like to envision. Perhaps you should also consider St. Pauls admonitions regarding the reasons why the king has a sword... you'll find it in the book of Romans, under the sub-heading of "living under authorities".

January 6, 2005 at 4:09 AM  
Blogger Drae said...

Hans, Thanks for your comments although I disagree.

M, yes to all, and thanks. It seems like everywhere I turn today I'm seeing posts about the media covering only the bombings and not what's going on. My hope is that as blogs become more dependable and network together we will have a new source for knowing what's what.

January 6, 2005 at 4:22 AM  
Blogger ~rich said...

hans, you may want to brush up on your old testament history man...God's people kicked some serious tail and dethroned many despots in his name.
anyway, what does God have to do with it? We invaded Iraq b/c it was (and is) in the best interest of the USA. Render unto Caesar...

btw, nice blog you've got here! (also, I'm helping post the good news at beef always wins)

January 6, 2005 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger dax said...

The argument that we "invaded" Iraq is bogus only if you also accept that we also "invaded" Afghanistan.
The results in Afghanistan are eye-popping which is terribly frightening to the Liberal Media ( if it's good for American it's poison for Liberals) and Islamic Radicals. It's why positive news are nonexistent in the press.
Presently, Radical Islamists (sp) are throwing the "kitchen sink" ar Iraq for the simple reason that if elections are successful, then democracy will have another foothold in the region.
As far as trying to understand the Liberal Mind, you have to come to the realization that Liberalism has the tunnel-vision and tolerance of a religious cult. The entire world is GOOD & BAD for Liberals and in this moment in time anything that is Pro-America, Pro-Bush, and Pro-Democracy is BAD.
BlogON!

January 6, 2005 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

The entire ware in Iraq is at conflict in me. I am so behind it when I have my patriotic mindset on and when I remember or read stories of those who have been oppressed by Saddam and those like him.

I am at odds with it when I wonder "What Would Jesus Do?"...much of it doesn't make sense to me but I pray that the Lord will be with us and that we will not do things out of arrogance or pride...that we will have the mind of Christ when we consider our actions and attitudes.

My best

January 7, 2005 at 1:31 AM  
Blogger Drae said...

Marty, Your response is the reasonable one to me, for a thinking person. I plan to post something about that, hope you'll be back.

This post was in response to so many knee-jerk responses I've had from folks who IMMEDIATELY responded that our being there is a horrible thing. I can't help but wonder how they can see the terror perpetrated by Saddham, and turn their backs on the millions he was killing, starving, depriving of basics like medical care, etc. I really (reading back) don't think I've expressed what I'm feeling but agree with you - there has to be a *right* thing to do and we sure need to find it. Part of it, I believe, is trying to gain enough freedom for the Iraqis that they can hold it. Thanks for your comment.

January 7, 2005 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Okibi said...

I did not have a chance to read all of your stuff, but I read enough to get what you are saying. Right on! I am 24, and I agree with you whole-heartedly. War sucks, but sometime we just have to do what we have to do!

January 7, 2005 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Papa Ray said...

Christ...

Would you guys, get your heads out of "just" what the Bible says!

Read what others that were there said at the time.

Jesus was an insurgent, a revolutionary, stirring up the crap, insurgent.

Terrorist ? no, but he was determined to change the thinking of anyone and everyone he came into contact with.

Some of the guys he traveled with and had contact with wer a little less into the "hearts and minds" than HE was. They were more into "lets make some trouble" mindset.

So, he got caught because the head Jewish clergy didn't like his brand of religion. Same o', Same o' as happens everyday, nowadays in different parts of the world.

Don't panic or get too excited. It will all work out, the bad guys will lose, the good guys will win.

It will just take several years.

This is my post

Papa Ray
West Texas
USA

January 7, 2005 at 2:39 PM  
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