politics, history and the war on terror
Monday, April 19, 2004
Withdrawal Syndrome: The International Community, Take Two (More) 

Honduras & the Dominican Republic also want to leave Iraq:

Honduran sources told CNN that the Central American nation also intends to pull its contingent, which serves with the Spaniards, out of Iraq early. The Dominican Republic said earlier this month that its contingent would not be replaced when it rotates out. Neither nation gave a timetable for the actions

Of course, this brings nothing but smiles to the face of al-Sadr:

The news pleased Muqtada al-Sadr, the influential Shiite cleric who is hiding in the holy city of Najaf, where the Spanish troops are deployed. "We have noticed that the coalition has pulled back," al-Sadr spokesman Sheikh Qais al-Khazaali said Monday. "Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered the Mehdi Army to stop all attacks on the Spanish troops after they decided to pull out of Iraq."

Congratulations, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Spain, you have just given the enemies of civilization another victory. You have also provided further proof that nations can be picked off from the coalition by using selective violence. We can expect even more violence directed against coalition members in further efforts to fracture the coalition. Oh, and Honduras, thanks for repaying the United States’ sacrifice to halt the spread of communism which threatened to overtake your nation last century.

Senator Kerry believes the internationals would cooperate if only they did not have to deal with the arrogant Bush Administration. The nations that are leaving have committed to rebuilding Iraq but have now backed out as they do not have the fortitude to do the serious work of restoring peace.

It is said the Bush Administration's plan to establish democracy in Iraq is idealistic, that the peoples of the Middle East are incapable of living under a democratic form of government. Why has Senator Kerry's plan to involve the international community in Iraq not come under more scrutiny by the American media? What makes him believe he can get uncooperative nations on board in Iraq? Isn’t blind faith in the United Nations and other international organizations, which have failed so many times in the past, a form of idealism?

Posted by bill roggio @ 1:31 PM