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Thursday, March 17, 2005

A warm insurgent welcome

I was reading about the latest bomb in Afghanistan in Khandar where 5 people were killed and at least 32 wounded. The words that come to mind are bloody ridiculous! This was timed for a visit that Condoleeza Rice had with Hamid Karzai to discuss elections. Earlier on the local news they were commenting on the ways different cultures welcome people (South African delegation to Jamaica). It seems that “insurgents” welcome people by means of a celebratory sacrifice of their own people. Now let’s be fair an insurgent according to the dictionary is “a person who rises in revolt against civil authority or an established government” or “one that acts contrary to the established leadership (as of a political party, union, or corporation) or its decisions and policies”. Now the “insurgents” in Iraq are opposed to America or its policies and that’s the right. According to them it is for the sake of Iraq and its people. Ok, so we have a group of people out for the good of their people opposing the evil oppressor (end quote).
Now aside from the fact of whether America should be there or not and its policies or even if the question of violence as an acceptable means of “diplomacy”, there is an obvious problem. These Iraqis are killing Iraqis to make their point.

So if we paraphrase – in order to protect the innocent Iraqi people from external forces of evil we will keep killing Iraqis (that the evil forces don’t care about) until the external forces stop.

Now excuse me if there is a slight tinge of sarcasm to this post but this is in essence what is being said by these attacks. Aside from the obvious statement that violence is an acceptable means to bring about political or social change; this definitely seems the wrong target. I won’t go on too long now about the logic of it because clearly logic and truth have very little to do with it. The point is that “insurgents” does not even come close to describing these animals. There is only one word that defines people like this – murderers. Plain and simple murderers.

2 Comments:

  • I agree completely. How often do we seen an upsurge of violence and
    terrorist acts in the middle east when it comes the time for high level
    diplomatic visits? These acts just prove that the perpetrators are
    interested in anything but diplomacy, negotiations and peaceful
    settlements!

    By Blogger Joel K, at 6:15 AM  

  • Agreed! Well said.

    By Blogger Marc K, at 2:29 PM  

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