The Iraqi leadership is threatening the USA with the most dire of consequences once the coalition of the Americans, Brits and Aussies make the charge.
“They will weep in blood” goes one of the threats. “We will take no prisoners. And every American soldier will be treated as a mercenary” goes yet another threat.
In the meantime, the only thing I see are Iraqis shitting bricks. I see their propaganda footage showing weekend warriors going through their amateurish paces shooting their guns in all directions.
I’ve seen the footage of the Iraqi women dressed in Hijabs marching through the streets with pistols firmly holstered in place.
The only action against the Americans these young ladies might see won’t have much to do with shooting pistols, nearly as much as a great potential for hand to hand combat after all the real fighting is done.
I see the stiff upper lips of the Iraqis who say they’re not frightened, as all hell and damnation are just around every corner. And I see the Iraqi people who are abandoning their cars at the borders of neighboring countries as they do whatever they can to get out while the getting’s still good.
Here is the bottom line. Believe it or not, my heart breaks for these people. None of us can possibly imagine how terrified they are unless we’ve been there. And thankfully, very few of us ever have.
But as horrible as this whole exercise will be, the outcome will justify the means. I have met Iraqis in Montreal when I was campaigning in the federal riding of Mount Royal in 1997, and they weren’t bad people.
Like anyone else, they would rather worry about enjoying a descent lifestyle for themselves, their families and friends, than constantly be living in a state of abject hatred, fear and uncertainty.
I feel for the average Iraqi, and absolutely loathe the Iraqi leadership and the Bastards at the UN and Security Council who did everything they could to stop the coalition of the willing from liberating these people from never ending trepidation.
Soon, it will be all over and a new reality will be born in Iraq and the entire Middle East. And after all is done, perhaps the elitists at the Nobel Society will consider giving George W Bush and Tony Blair a shared Nobel Peace Prize.
After-all, Koffi Anan and the UN were awarded this Prize after they allowed 800,000 men, women and children to be slaughtered in Rwanda. And Yasser Arafat received the award for making a promise to create peace, which everyone knew he was never going to keep.
Iraqi people are going to be harmed and killed. Families are going to be shattered. Homes and whole communities will be destroyed.
But after it is all over, and if the Americans hunker down for the long term and impose democracy upon the Iraqis much like they did in Japan and Germany after the war, the Iraqi people will be shouting the praises of the USA, Britain and all the others who had a meaningful hand in their liberation and emancipation from fear.
Once Bush and Blair pull this off, no one else will ever be more deserving of the Peace Price.