بوست - 14/6/2007
كيف سيبدو العراق لو تركناه
غداً؟ انظر إلى غزة اليوم. ثم
تخيل الوضع بشكل أسوأ آلاف
need to stop making politically correct excuses. Arab
civilization is in collapse. Extremes dominate, either
through dictatorship or anarchy. Thanks to their
dysfunctional values and antique social structures, Arab
states can't govern themselves decently.
gave them a chance in
the weekend, Hamas gangbangers-for-Allah grabbed a Fatah
functionary and dropped him from the roof of a high-rise
to check out the law of gravity (the only law that still
cooler heads prevailed and both sides returned to their
everyday routines of kidnapping, torturing and
assassinating each other's leaders, gunning down
teachers and doctors and, of course, murdering women,
children and stray pedestrians.
Palestinians flee, if they can. Civilians cower,
wondering where the next rocket-propelled grenade will
hit. And, amid the carnage, students risk death to take
their final exams so they can qualify to study abroad -
and get out. The indiscriminate violence is the
Palestinian version of democracy: Every citizen gets a
chance to be killed.
there's humor in Hell: The Islamist madmen behind Hamas
call Fatah fighters "the American Jew Army."
We've come a long way, boychick, when fellow Arabs
anoint the late Yasser Arafat's thugs as tools of the
Great Satan and the Lesser Satan.
back home, the get-out-now crowd pretends that, if only
we pull out our troops, Iraqis will magically settle
their internal grievances (presumably, the way the
left doesn't care how many Iraqis die, as long as
President Bush can be humiliated. Four years ago, the
neocons fantasized about a post-Saddam Age of Aquarius.
Now the Murthacrats insist that, once we bail out,
Atlantis will rise from the
Iraq, we have foreign terrorists fighting everybody,
Sunni Arabs fighting Shia, Shia fighting Shia, Sunni
fighting Sunni, Christians and other minorities
persecuted by Sunni and Shia, Kurds struggling to
preserve their patch of civilization, with American
troops and our allies in the middle . . . on a quiet
course, not only the Arabs are to blame: We went to
elections came to the Palestinian territories, the
Palestinians voted for terrorists. When elections came
while Prince Bandar reportedly was raking in
billion-dollar bribes between tennis matches with U.S.
pols, our Saudi "pals" were spending their oil
wealth to ensure that no Muslims will ever live under a
tolerant government that regards women as human. Is
there any good news at all?
Earlier this week, Capitol Hill saw a small miracle: A
U.S. Army general told the truth, the whole truth and
nothing but the truth. As fine an officer as we've got
in uniform, Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey refused to pander to
anyone. Instead, he laid out the grim situation in
placed integrity, our country and our troops above
self-interest. He described the padded payrolls in
general even pointed out that some Iraqis are nostalgic
for the order of Saddam's regime: We failed to deliver
the No. 1 good, security.
testimony was sobering, to say the least. And therein
lies reason for hope. After years of obfuscation and
outright lies from the Rumsfeld-era generals, our troops
are finally led by officers who realize we're at war-and
that winning is more important than promotions.
Peters' new book, "Wars of Blood and Faith,"
hits stores July 25.
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تعبر عن وجهة نظر المركز كلياً
من حق الزائر الكريم أن ينقل وأن ينشر كل ما يعجبه من موقعنا . معزواً إلينا ، أو غير معزو .ـ