It’s ridiculous, but it has happened. The Democrats sent the surrender-now bill to the White house for veto. They are political posers positioning for next election, and playing with lives in the process. They toy with the blood and lives of our troops and the future and the lives of the Iraqi children, those they would have us abandon tomorrow.
<<< Do you think this girl would live long if we pull out tomorrow? What about the woman in the famous picture holding up the purple-dyed finger?
The political poseurs rarely think beyond the next news cycle and what theater they can create for it. The deepest thinkers and policy wonks of the democratic party rarely think beyond the next election cycle.
Right now however you must face reality and put the past aside — whatever your opinion or political persuasion is, put it aside a moment and think ahead. What will happen in Iraq in a year, two years, five years, ten, if we leave right now? What will the outcome be for the children of Iraq?
Immediately following pullout sectarian strife will ignite in Baghdad like a tenderbox, with Al Qaeda operatives happily supplying the fuel of blown-up mosques and markets filled with human charnel.
There will be a genocide, and it will start with the Sunnis in Baghdad. Without a controlling civil authority strife will spread out in waves from Baghdad, and the 14 provinces which are now peaceful will succumb to violence, feuds, and turf wars as every faction tries to grab the oil lands.
Within a year there will be a humanitarian crisis of tremendous proportions as the masses flee the strife-torn country. The UN will be calling for aid in the billions, and children in the camps will be dying from heat, deprivation, and brutality. Will this girl have shoes in the refugee camp, or will her feet be bare and blistered, her mother raped and gone?
How much in aid will the US have to spend if that occurs? If Iran invades, (and they would love to,) would we have to go back anyway? Do you think Syria might have interest in the north of Iraq, and what land they could take?
The Turks have their army massed on the border of the Northern Kurd provinces of Iraq, and they’ve been waiting since last summer for pretext or cause to invade. With the US out, what would stop them? Would they race to the oil fields, killing all Kurds in their path? Would these Kurdish children live five years past the pullout?
If you think this is wild imagination, let’s for a second do what the democrats do, and compare this to Vietnam. Here’s the Wiki entry on Vietnamese boat people, lets not mention the millions killed inside Vietnam post-war for the moment, or the killing fields of Cambodia.
Events resulting from the Vietnam War led many people in Cambodia, Laos, and especially Vietnam to become refugees in the late 1970s and 1980s, after the fall of Saigon. In Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge regime murdered millions of people in the “Killing Fields” massacres, and many attempted to escape. In Vietnam, the new communist government sent many people who supported the old government in the South to “reeducation camps”, and others to “new economic zones.” An estimated 1 million people were imprisoned without formal charges or trials. 165,000 people died in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s re-education camps, according to published academic studies in the United States and Europe. Thousands were abused or tortured: their hands and legs shackled in painful positions for months, their skin slashed by bamboo canes studded with thorns, their veins injected with poisonous chemicals, their spirits broken with stories about relatives being killed. These factors, coupled with poverty, caused millions of Vietnamese to flee the country. In 1979, Vietnam was at war (Sino-Vietnamese War) with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and many ethnic Chinese living in Vietnam, who felt that the government’s policies directly targeted them also became “boat people.” On the open seas, the boat people had to confront forces of nature, and elude pirates.
Would-be middle-class refugees from Saigon, armed with forged identity documents, would travel 1,100 km to Danang by road. On arrival, they would take refuge for up to two days in safe houses while waiting for fishing junks and trawlers to take small groups into international waters.
The boats, most usually not intended for navigating open waters, would typically head for busy international shipping lanes some 240km to the east. The lucky ones would succeed in being rescued by freighters and taken to Hong Kong, some 2,200 km away. The unluck ones would face a two-week long perilous journey in rickety craft.
[Editor’s note: The Wiki article does not speak of the hundreds or thousands who drowned in their effort to escape because it’s an unknown and there’s no documentation to cite to support any figure. Using common sense you can figure out that many probably did drown and die from deprivation]
The plight of the boat people became an international humanitarian crisis. The UNHCR, under the auspices of the United Nations, set up refugee camps in neighbouring countries to process the “boat people” and was awarded the 1981 Nobel Peace Prize for its work. There were untold miseries, rapes and murders on the South China Sea committed by Thai pirates who preyed on the refugees who had sold all their possessions and carried gold with them on the trips.
You must always consider the children when it comes to crisis like this first; the children and what their future will be. If we pull out now, the future for the children of Iraq becomes a darkened bloody nightmare. Are you sure you have the stomach or the guts to surrender and face the guilt?