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Hard Lessons Learned From The War In Iraq
by Mark on 5/4/2007 (7)

Woman suicide bomber: Feminism, radical Islamic style.
You broke it, you bought it.

Colin Powell's terse, haunting assessment of the Iraq War seems more true than ever, but can any useful information be gleaned from the conflict, which is still arguably inconclusive at this point in its evolution? Here are some hard lessons won, all paid in blood.

Know your enemy: Perhaps the greatest blunder of the Bush administration was underestimating, or more likely, completely overlooking, the tenacity of the competition between Shiite-Sunni Muslim sects. Unheeded warnings from the European Union rang true in regard to the fierce, vitriolic hatred simmering between the fundamental Islamic sects, which Saddam's brutal Sunni Baath party kept in check through sheer terror.and often overt genocide. Peace in the Arab world, it would seem, is peace through blunt force, to be sure, a concept invisible to the 'enlightened' Western mind.

The enemy can do a lot with a little: In spite of the overwhelming technical superiority of U.S. weaponry, simple homespun devices such as IED's (Improvised Explosive Device) have confounded American military efforts since the war began, at virtually no or little cost to the enemy. Originally devised from artillery shells and surplus plastic explosives, IED's have become refined and ever more deadly, truly the Achilles heel to the U.S. military giant.

Don't underestimate the power of a cultures belief in their God: Who would have thought that suicide bombers, dying willingly for Allah, would come forth in seemingly inexhaustible numbers? Unseen since the Japanese Kamikaze attacks against U.S. forces in the pacific in WWII, there is not an obvious shortage of men, and even young women and sometimes children, willing to die for their beliefs. Another concept completely incomprehensible to the Western mind.

Not everyone loves Democracy: Strange, but true. There are very well defined, self-professed segments of the world's population that seem to prefer heavy handed dictatorship to Democracy, which they view as an ineffectual sham at best. The Western notion that all societies will naturally evolve toward liberal Democracy if given the opportunity is simply untrue. Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Emperor Hirohito, all the way back to Genghis Khan, were loved by more members of their respective cultures than hated. That is how they rose to absolute power in the first place. Many seem to have a fatal attraction to absolute power, it would seem, and this seems especially evident in Iraq

You can't win a war without support from home: There never was, and certainly is not any now, support for the Iraq War. Who is to say that the obvious political and public resistance to the war is the reason we are not winning it? Surely, Al-Qaeda surfs the web as eagerly as you and I to finger the pulse of U.S. opinion of the conflict. If you are going to fight a war, for just cause or not, it is probably best not to display division to the enemy.

Don't publish body counts: The media, especially the Internet based media sites, have made a gruesome sport of reporting U.S. casualties on an almost daily basis. Imagine if daily casualties were printed after every battle in WWII, when 220,000 American G.I.'s died defeating Hitler and Imperial Japan? Would we have signed an armistice with these tyrannical world powers before total victory was achieved? Wars are fought, and won in blood, and reducing the sacrifice of your countries troops demeans the dead, and displays division at home, a cer

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1. by Kris on 5/4/2007 11:12:24 AM
I think that's a pretty fair assesment of the war. One point though that I disagree on is the "Can't win without public support". I think initially the war did have a good deal of public support, split largely on party lines. It's only degraded since many of the reasons justifying the war have been proven false/nonexsistant and now that the death tolls keep rising with little progress seaming to be made. But ultimately I don't think it really matters. The Shiite-Sunni have bigger issues than American moral. After all, they aren't really fighting us, they're fighting each other. Maybe that's the problem... I think we need to be concentrating more on solving their problems rather than standing in the middle and getting shot and blown upone"> </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
2. by Motz on 5/4/2007 10:25:37 PM
Public support is everything. It is the unseen Division. The equivalent of 100,000 men, easy. In any case, this is not a draft war. It is a volunteer war. For those who never served, it is none of your fucking business, period.isplay </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
3. by Kris on 5/5/2007 5:09:14 PM
I guess I don't think 100,000 troops would be the answer either, I think fundamentally we are looking at the war in the wrong way and it cannot be won by traditional methods, if at all. I have family and friends in the war or that served in the war and my tax dollars are helping to fund the war. Plus the horrible image it has given our country worldwide is something that will affect forgein relations for years to come. The war in Iraq is every American's business, serviceman or civilian, because it directly affects us allone"></ifram </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
4. by Motz on 5/5/2007 5:31:26 PM
Well, wait until it has been lost. Not all of us see it that way. That's your opinion. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
5. by Motz on 5/5/2007 5:32:39 PM
You hate Bush, not the war. That's the real rason. If Gore started the war, you would support it. At least fess up to that one.i </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
6. by Kris on 5/5/2007 8:12:50 PM
I never felt the war was justified nor nessassary and I think it has been poorly managed since the day Sadam was run out of town. Now if Gore in power, I really doubt we'd have gone to war but had we and if it were handled this poorly, I'd be just as opposed. I find it hard to believe that any other administration could screw it up as badly as the Bush administration did though. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
7. by Kris on 5/5/2007 8:15:19 PM
Saddam was labeled a murderor but I think more and more as this drags on, we're seeing that it takes that kind of person to keep this country in order. Saddam may have been a product of the environment he lived in, not the other way around."0" s </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>

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