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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Hassan Dead (or how Bush is failing in the war against Islamo-facism) 

Fucking barbarians. This woman did nothing but help the Iraqi people, and they murdered her.

I didn't think I could get more disgusted. I continuously reevaluate what it is we are up against. I think this plays well into my earlier post on the 2 groups fighting us in Iraq (that post focuses on Falluja, but could apply to most of the country). The people who committed this atrocity are clearly in the Islamo-facist group, as no real friend of the Iraqi people would hurt this woman, much less ritualistically kill her.
Hassan held British, Irish and Iraqi nationality, was married to an Iraqi and had lived in Iraq for 30 years.
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"For the past 30 years, Margaret worked tirelessly for the Iraqi people," the statement added.

"Margaret had only goodwill towards everyone. She had no prejudice against any creed. She dedicated her whole life to working for the poor and vulnerable, helping those who had no one else."
Sickened.

Combine this with the brutal murder of Theo Van Gogh, and anyone can see that these people are beyond reason. I believe in war only as a last resort. We are rightly at war with Islamo-facism.

But it highlights an important step that we have yet to take. We must fight our enemy, not anyone who looks like our enemy. Iraq has forced us into the latter situation.

The war against Islamo-facism must be selective in its targets. That is why Iraq is a mistake. Now we have both our enemy in Iraq, as demonstrated by Hassan's death and other gruesome acts of ritual violence, and people who look like our enemy. Everytime we mean to kill our enemy, and kill someone else instead, we make more of our enemy. That is the poison of Iraq and one of the myriad reasons why it is the wrong war.

To make things worse, there are insurgents in Iraq who are fighting for the freedom of their country without carrying the banner of Islamo-facism. These people fit somewhere in the middle. They are our enemy only because we made the mistake of attacking Iraq instead of attacking the terrorists. We need to find and destroy Islamo-facists wherever they are (Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands, or Florida). By bogging ourselves down in Iraq, we have undercut our ability to do that while simultaneously creating a climate of anti-Americanism and providing propaganda material to Islamo-facists, playing right into the hands of the likes of Bin Laden.

Most assume, as do I, that Zarqawi is responsible for the fate of Hassan. That is why I find it absolutely unforgivable that when the Bush administration had the chance to kill Zarqawi, they didn't. Why?
Military officials insist their case for attacking Zarqawi’s operation was airtight, but the administration feared destroying the terrorist camp in Iraq could undercut its case for war against Saddam.
THAT, my friends, is not taking the war on terror seriously. And THAT, my friends, is why I fear for the security of our country, our allies, and our interests abroad more with Bush and Rumsfeld still calling the shots.


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