What our freed, democratized, nation-built “allies” in Iraq think of us
While we “have watched, rapt, as Barack Obama deliberated over exactly how many troops to withdraw from Afghanistan,” writes Diana West, “the Iraq of anyone’s lingering ‘surge’ dreams,” the “ally in the war on terror,” has “vanished.”
She goes on to detail how—even while the U.S. has been virtually begging the Iraqis to let the U.S. forces remain longer so as to avoid an embarrassing implosion of that country during the U.S. presidential election campaign next year—the Iraqi leadership has become increasingly open in its hostility toward and rejection of the United States.
Item — A senior Shi’ite cleric has said: “The extended mission of the infidel occupiers in Iraq even for one single day after the mentioned date (as cited in the security agreement) is haram.” “Haram” means against Islam.
Item — When a visiting delegation of six U.S. congressman raised the question of Iraq re-paying the U.S. for its reconstruction expenditures, Iraqi government officials told them to leave the country.
Item — The Iraqi parliament has accused the U.S. of stealing $17 billion from Iraq, and an Iraqi parliamentarian has said: “…the U.S. side did nothing for Iraq. It gave from the right hand and stole from the left.”
How rancorous can a country—for whom more than 4,000 Americans died [and how many lost their limbs?]—get?
The Iraqi politician who said, after the expenditure of thousands of American lives and limbs and hundreds of billions of American dollars to reconstruct Iraq, that “the U.S. side did nothing for Iraq,” perfectly echoes American blacks who say, after white America has turned itself upside down and spent trillions of dollars in a sixty-year long heroic effort to raise up blacks, that white America has done nothing for blacks. We should not be shocked in either case. No people can maintain its self-respect if it admits that an alien, enemy, oppressor people has helped it in major ways. To Muslims, Americans are infidel enemies. To blacks, whites are oppressors and forever Other. White America could literally destroy itself in trying to “help” Muslims and “help” blacks, and will never get the acknowledgement and gratitude it seeks, because such gratitude would violate human nature.James P. writes:
Best of all, when Iraq and Afghanistan implode into America-hating Islamic dictatorships, the Left will blame “conservatives” Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rice, and Powell for not doing enough and botching the post-war occupation and reconstruction.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 24, 2011 09:56 AM | Send