Your Baghdad is in Ruins: Time to Leave Iraq
R. Rabi (www.alirabi.com), PhD. (CASMII)
There was a time in history when
Baghdad was the heart of the Islamic
Empire and when things were fine in
entire world was fine and vice versa. There is a well known ancient saying still
frequently echoed throughout the Middle-East to imply that the situation is
hopeless: "your Baghdad is in ruins." No other phrase can better describe
the current situation of the US involvement in Iraq and the Middle
Staying the course is no longer
tenable. A surge in military strength may be hard to sell to the new
US congress or counter productive at
the end. Externalization of the problem by moving the theatre to
Iran may be the last face
saving option Proposals by many Democrats "to re-deploy US forces" may prove to
be an attempt to free up the forces for possible attack on Iran.
Implementation of such a plan will have far worse repercussions than the outcome
of US military occupation of
Iraq. The false assumptions and the
underpinning misconceptions of the US policies in Iraq and the
Region as a whole have been the root causes of tragic end results that may be
summarized as follows:
The Iraqi citizens did not embrace
the US military campaign and
did not turn out in the streets of Baghdad with followers to welcome the
The formation of an Interim
Government proved to be far more complex and less operational than initially
The "democratization" and the
electoral processes had adverse consequences and proved to be detrimental to the
The anti-US sentiments in
Iraq and throughout the
Middle East grew as the military operations
increased and continued.
The internal ethnic and sectarian
conflicts produced an environment conducive to the rise of the insurgency and
The insurgency proved to be more
capable of knowing, understanding the adversary and adapting to the changing
circumstances than the occupying forces.
The US military actions in the region have paved the
road for the formation of the anti-western Middle
East as a united region combined with the alliance of the most
undemocratic regimes, the Fundamentalists and the Jihadist forces.
The intensification and prolonging
of the conflicts has resulted in the emergence of Iran as the undisputed
countering force in the Region, hence,
undermining the roles of the
"friendly regimes" such as those of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia both in the
Arab countries as well as throughout the Islamic world.
When US decided to enter Iraq with
its military might, it assumed that once its forces entered Baghdad, they will
win the hearts and minds of the people and the Iraqis will pour into the streets
with rose followers in one hand and waving US flags in the other to embrace the
"liberating" forces in joy. Perhaps, the post World War II nostalgia and the
Hollywood style picture perfect images of the Champs Elysees
and the march on the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de
Triomphe after the fall of the Nazis may have induced such a misconception.
The US military campaign in Iraq, as well as in Afghanistan, however, are viewed
by the people of the region and the entire developing world as purely
self-fulfilling prophesies and naked military occupations of sovereign
states in defiance of all international accords. In fact, the
US forces in the region are not only
considered to be the "benevolent liberators" but rather the hostile, criminal,
inhumane and savage enemies. Most
local nationals describe them as the "bionic heartless robots" (read the killing
machines) that do not hesitate to torture, rape or commit acts of genocide in
the pursuit of their selfish goals.
There is no apparent end to the
current insurgency and no sign of slowing down of the internal conflicts. The
civil war will inevitably lead to the hegemony of the forces opposing the
foreign military presence in Iraq. It would be best for the
US military forces to be out of the
theatre well before the new hegemony occupies the political arena. The sooner
States faces this reality the better chance it
has to avoid a catastrophic end. It is now time for the immediate withdrawal of
the United States from
Iraq and the entire region.
The war in Iraq is not going well for the
States and the prospects of improvements are
bleak. The public opinion in the
Muslim world has made a sharp turn against the United States
and its allies in recent years. Justifications of the "forced democratization"
and "the war on terror" for military unilateralism carry no weight of legitimacy
in the region. The western military presence is viewed as primarily serving the
interests of the west in the oil and gas resources of the Middle East. There is nothing that the
States can do at this stage to alter this
prevailing perception other than a quick and total withdrawal. Not a partial or tactical withdrawal
from Iraq by redeployment of
forces to neighboring lands such as Kuwait, Saudi
Arabia, Qatar, and alike, but a total
evacuation of all forces from the entire region.
Exiting the Iraq predicament is not possible by
externalization of the problem to Iran. The end results of a military
intervention in Iran will be
far worse that the outcome in Iraq. Only a total destruction of
Iran may bring down the Iranian
Regime to its knees.
Afghanistan are all in ruins now.
Adding another country, especially of such a large magnitude to the list of
"destructed states" in the region will not be exactly reflective of a
"successful resume" for the US or the West. It will be the vivid manifestation of
the return of colonialism in its most vicious naked face. Even the biggest military victory will be
gravest political defeat.
There is no wining. Western allies
must realize, once and for all, that the colonial era has long been passed.
This is the millennium of global
unity, regional cooperation, environmental awareness, peace and liberty. No
force can propagate these notions through militarism or the use of force. If the west has any regards for the
human rights, liberty, democracy and sustainable development in the region, it
will leave the peoples of the region alone to find their own paths. If any help is needed in the
process, believe us, you will be the first to be called upon. Meanwhile, you are
kindly and respectfully requested to stay away. Your Baghdad is in ruins; it is time to leave
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