- "The rising numbers suggested that sectarian violence is spiraling out of control, and seemed to bolster an assertion many senior Iraqi officials and American military analysts have made in recent months: that the country is already embroiled in a civil war, not just slipping toward one, and that the American-led forces are caught between Sunni Arab guerrillas and Shiite militias."
Unfortunately, these cold hard numbers are easy for pundants to toss out and 'analyze' in dispassionate debates, but they hide the real tragedy behind the statistics.
Fortunately National Public Radio's (NPR) Morning Edition has once again filled in the human tragedy behind the numbers: CLICK HERE: Iraqi Refugees Point to Conflict as Civil War The report is by Tom Bullock.
Iraq is facing a crisis of internal refugees, estimated now at over one hundred thousand and growing rapidly. Both Sunnis and Shiites have registered as refugees and both flee sectarian violence that affects both sides of the religious divide.
The refuges seek refuge in mosques and tent camps communities protected by armed militias. It is believed these militias protect their followers one moment then attack their opponents the next.
Listening to the testimonials and stories is heartbreaking.
- "We fled after they burned my husband's shop. Then they started killing his relatives and killing our neighbors. They broke into their houses and slaughtered them."
Many bloggers and many politicians simply want to turn this into political fodder. Statistics are their friends. But this attitude is morally wrong and politically simple minded. It doesn't matter if the invasion of Iraq was ill advised or done for the wrong reasons. It doesn't matter that the invasion was launched under a cloud of suspicious intelligence.
It doesn't matter today if this is George Bush's fault or Tony Blair's fault or Saddam Hussen's fault or Al-Queda's fault.
The real issue is how do we best solve the problem the war and invasion have created. Abandoning Iraq just because it was "George Bush's War" is as reprehensible as the original invasion itself, and perhaps much worse.
If you don't want to be accused of "cutting and running...," then stop advocating "cutting and running."
Propose logical solutions that might save the lives and liberty and dignity of the Iraqi people. Propose solutions that won't leave the Iraqi nation a puppet of the Iranian theocracy. Propose solutions that won't leave the United States and the entire world more vulnerable to future expansion of Islamic fundamentalism.
Vigilante, blogging over on The Vigil, calls the Iraq conflict "UULUIUOI," which stands for un-provoked, unnecessary, largely unilateral invasion and unplanned occupation of Iraq (UULUIUOI). I think it's a very fair and accurate assessment of the history that leads us to the point in which we find ourselves today.
Indeed, the problem may be all George Bush's fault.
But who is going to have the courage to actually provide a solution? Bringing home the troops might be part of the solution, but it's no solution by itself.
Leaving and hiding our head in the sand (pun definitely intended) is no solution at all.
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