Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Was the Iraq War worth it?

Ask an Iraqi

Or an Iraqi… Or an Iraqi… Or some Iraqis… Or all Iraqis

And while you're bewailing how much Iraq's population has suffered because of the war, and how the country is in insurrection, and how the hatred of Americans can only grow, read Robert F Worth's NYT article:

Ordinary Iraqis rarely strike back at the insurgents who terrorize their country. But just before noon on Tuesday, a carpenter named Dhia saw a troop of masked gunmen with grenades coming toward his shop here and decided he had had enough. …

"We attacked them before they attacked us," said Dhia, 35, his face still contorted with rage and excitement, as he stood barefoot outside his home a few hours after the battle, a 9-millimeter pistol in his hand. He would not give his last name.

"We killed three of those who call themselves the mujahedeen," he said. "I am waiting for the rest of them to come, and we will show them."

It was the first time that private citizens are known to have retaliated successfully against the insurgents. … The battle was the latest sign that Iraqis may be willing to start standing up against the attacks that leave dozens dead here nearly every week.

That's right: it is not the Yanks that ordinary Iraqis are fighting back against.

Furthermore, Iraqi soldiers are fighting back too (alongside the army of the United States of America)…

PS: If the mainstream media — if even the MSM — can agree to say "the insurgents who terrorize their country", then why on Earth can't they use the word "terrorists"?

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