Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Pointing Out the Obvious

Iraq doesn't have to be a safe place for us to bring the soldiers home," Mr. Sodrel said, a formulation he repeats often on the campaign trail. "It merely has to be a country that is well organized enough that it can deal with its internal problems. There is no place in that part of the world that there won't be a car bomb or a suicide bomber."

The rate of suicide and car bombings in Saddam Hussein's Iraq was MUCH MUCH LOWER than the rate of suicide and car bombings in New Improved Liberated Iraq, a fact which Representative Sodrel conveniently neglects to mention.

I realize that, as Field Marshall Rumsfeld puts it, "Freedom’s untidy," that "Free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things", and that "Democracy is a messy thing", but in the 35+ years I've walked this earth, I have heard of precious few carbombs and suicide bombs in America, Land of the Free, with the exception of right-wing extremist Timothy Mcveigh and a small cadre of "Killing for Jesus" clinic bombers . To suggest, as Mr. Sodrel does, that Iraq has always been the abattoir it is today, is dishonest, absurd, and defeatist. Life under Mr. Hussein was without a doubt awful, but it was not the Hell on Earth that Iraq is today. It's Bush's, and by extension the Republicans', Iraq. They cannot extricate themselves from the albatross millstone they've hung around their own necks, no matter how they try.

You broke it, you bought it. The waves of car bombs and suiciders belong to Mr. Bush, his loyal Republicans, and quite a few spineless and craven Democrats. But mostly Mr. Bush and his Republicans.


Blogger upyernoz said...

yeah, when i read that article i wanted to ask mr. sodrel exactly how many car bombs or suicide bombers there were in iraq in 2002? or how many there have been in syria over the past year? or how many in qatar? or bahrain? or the UAE?

i believe the answer to all of those questions is "none." he doesn't seem to realize that the entire "region" is not israel, lebanon, and (the currently wrecked) iraq, i.e. the places with "hot" conflicts

someone like that isn't fit to make any judgments about the middle east.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Brendan said...

"Free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things" is actually not true.

While you are free to make mistakes, if you commit crimes and do bad things and get caught, the odds are you will go to jail. This is true in "free" countries like our own and not-so-free countries like China. The concept of "freedom" is not the same concept as "no rules".

4:16 PM  
Blogger Phillybits said...

Interesting comparison of concepts, "freedom" and "no rules" that is.

While Bush bloviates about spreading freedom in the form of democracy to natinos that have neither, but then flaunts presidential power in the form of Alberto Gonzales, bypassing federal laws regarding wiretapping, it really shows the double standard for "It's ok when the President does it."

No rules indeed.

12:24 PM  

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