Monday, April 26, 2004

The Insurrection in Iraq

There are powerful forces being displayed in Iraq and the voices of millions of people are being heard. Or are they?

It is true coalition soldiers are being engaged with increasing frequency and brutality by opposition forces. But what are these forces opposing?

In Iraq today is a man named Imad Mughniyeh (Ee mahd Moo KNEE yeay). He is training the folks who are fighting for a Shi'ite cleric named Al-Sadr to oust the occupation forces in Iraq.

You see how the Iraqi people are banding together for the first time in many years? It surely must be a sign that Iraqi people don't want US forces there, right? There is just one problem - Mughniyeh is not Iraqi. He is the Hezb'Allah (Hezbollah) operations chief in Lebanon - which is controlled by Iran. Mughniyeh is responsible for the bomb attack which killed more than 200 American Marines in Beirut in the 1980s and has led an untold number of terror attacks against Israeli and European targets since.

Mughniyeh and many fighters from Iran and Lebanon are training and fighting with supporters of Al-Sadr in Iraq. Mughniyeh and Al-Sadr are responsible for the explosions occurring in Iraq today. They are killing not only coalition soldiers, but Iraqi men, women and children. This is not a fight for liberty of the people of Iraq. It is a fight for a Shi'ite theocracy in Iraq - like the one in Iran. The Ayatollah leadership in Iran is sponsoring much of the terror occurring in Iraq today. The recent kidnappings of foreigners are signature events of Iranian terrorists of the 1980s and 1990s. The terrorists in Iraq have found how easily some countries will grab at an excuse to get out of Iraq these days. But, bowing to terror hasn't decreased the number of attacks, has it? They have increased because signs of weakness embolden our enemies.

This is an Iranian power-grab. Iran would be the dominant force in the middle east if they controlled Lebanon, Iraq and Iran. They could easily swallow up Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates and the rest of the world would be unable to stop them. Iran is nuclear ambitious, if not already nuclear capable.

An insurrection is defined as an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government. The new government in Iraq is, for the first time in their history, a democratic one. So back to my original question: What are these forces opposing?

They are opposing the success of a new democracy. This is an insurrection against freedom for all Iraqis - not just a chosen few. It is an insurrection against free speech, against the right to assemble, against the right to pursue happiness, against the right to live without discrimination, against the right to choose your religion, against the right to defend your family for tyrany, against the right to - you fill in the blank.


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