TurningWheels

Monday, November 03, 2003
  Telling
 
With the tragic downing of a U.S. helicopter in Iraq over the weekend, resulting in the deaths of 16 U.S. servicemen, we get this from our "friends" in the Middle East:

Arabs Celebrate Strikes on U.S. in Iraq

And in typical AP (and Reuters/AFP/major news network) fashion, the situation is glossed over as simple Arab disagreement with our operation in Iraq:

CAIRO, Egypt - Across the Arab world, strikes like the deadly downing of a U.S. helicopter are applauded by many as resistance to occupation and proof that Iraqis were not completely humiliated by the ease of the U.S.-led victory over Saddam Hussein.

The reaction is not surprising given prewar opposition among many Arabs to the invasion of Iraq. At a meeting in Damascus Sunday, foreign ministers from countries bordering Iraq and others in the region repeated calls on the United States to restore order in Iraq. [emphasis added]

So this aggression against our troops has nothing to do with the total hatred of so many in the Arab world, urged on by their leaders, towards America and the West. AS IF they didn't celebrate the various attacks on our interests abroad over the past ten years, or the attacks here on September 11. Nope, they celebrate because they disagree with our policies, unless our policy is to protect their interests, of course (hello Kuwait and Saudi Arabia). I'd like to re-write that bolded sentence: "The reaction is not suprising given the unaldultered hatred towards everything having to do with America or western civilization in general, fomented by the tyrannical dictatorships and their leashed media."

Much better.

And from our "allies" in "moderate" Egypt and Saudi Arabia, we have the media rallying to restore peace and advance the Iraqi mission of freedom and democracy:

"Iraq is now building the glory of the (Arab) community," Mustafa Bakri, editor-in-chief of the Egyptian weekly Al-Osboa, wrote Sunday, referring to the resistance.

Samir Ragab, editor of the Egyptian daily Al-Gomhouria, lauded the Iraqis in his column for fighting back.

"Every citizen who lives in Iraq, be they Baathist or anti-Baathist, whether they support or oppose Saddam, will stand up and shout at the top of his lungs: `We will chase the Americans and their followers until they leave our home ashamed and defeated.'"

In Saudi Arabia, Al-Watan newspaper said last week that U.S. war planners did not foresee that although "the Iraqi people hated Saddam Hussein, they also hate having a foreign presence on their land."

"Even though such attacks are not welcomed because they took innocent Iraqi souls, they have, however, delivered a strong message to decision-makers in the White House that they are no longer in control of security in Iraq, and that the victory in the classic war does not mean total control over Iraq," Al-Watan said.

See what $2B+ will buy you these days in the Middle East?

When you have friends like Egypt and the House of Saud, who needs enemies?

Finally, we get some sound advice from other media sources around the region, encouraging the "insurgents" to pick their targets a little more wisely, lest they run their friends in the UN and the ICRC out, leaving them exposed to the murderous Americans. They'll need those organizations around during the next tyrannical dictator's reign, after all:

Under the headline: "More than a crime: a political mistake!" Talal Salman, publisher of Lebanon's As-Safir newspaper, urged Iraqis to choose their targets carefully after the Red Cross attack.

"There is a huge difference between the bombing which targeted a hotel known to be the base for occupation officials and their followers, and the crimes of mass murder that took place ... against the Red Cross and Iraqi police stations and groups of Iraqi citizens," Salman wrote. "Precision in specifying the target is the sharpest resistance weapon."

The Emirates' Gulf News said attacks that do not target coalition forces cannot be called resistance.

"To attack humanitarian organizations, which are trying to help Iraq recover, is an exercise in trying to create terror and confusion, with purely destructive intent," the newspaper said. "These attacks will not help Iraq, and will not solve the country's political future. They should stop."

(My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the soldiers who have died in Iraq, and those who are wounded and recovering. My fury and wishes of a slow burn in hell go to the people-- Arab leaders, especially-- who are using terrorist means to try to run us out and leave a vacuum to be filled with more of the same.)




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