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It is apparent that there is confusion in the mind of many people. It lies in the view that they think we have engaged in a war in Iraq that is winding up with the U.S. as winners. The events that have transpired involving mid-east terrorists over the last 20 plus years, culminating with the events on 9/11/2001, can only lead any rational person to the conclusion that our war is against terrorism and we are far from winners of that war yet. This can only mean that the military action in Iraq, as was the case in Afghanistan, in which our troops have been successful in overthrowing their respective regimes, has been a battle in a long lasting war against terrorism.
There still appears to be those who have a hard time to be convinced that the underlying cause for the mindset of these terrorists lies in the tenets of the Koran. Tenets conveying to followers of the faith that those not of the Islamic faith, and not willing to convert to it, are infidels. The evolvement of this religion since its inception in the seventh century has allowed for interpretation by various so called Islamic scholars, Imams and self proclaimed religious leaders, such as Osama Bin Laden, to justify attacks against the infidels. Those familiar with the Koran also know that its very essence requires its provisions to be used as government law. Provisions that proclaim the dominance of the male over the female, treating them like chattel.
So with this knowledge there is concern over the type of government that will emerge in Iraq. On our news media we have seen Sunni Muslims protest U.S. military occupation of Iraq. As a minority, relative to the Shiite's they are fearful of losing their position of dominance under Saddam Hussein's government. They are chanting, with their newly found freedom, "No Sunni, No Shiite, Only One Islamic Nation". Yet there is a small Christian minority that does exist in Iraq that have not been able to be heard over the uproar. It doesn't take much imagination to know how they would be treated under a Muslim government.
Retired General Jay Garner seemingly has talked out of two sides of his mouth. He says that Washington will not dictate the form or makeup of the representative democracy Iraqis ultimately choose. The Muslim majority in Iraq (Shiites and Sunnis) say they want an Islamic Nation - but - a government based on the provisions of the Koran are contrary to what would be required in a democratic form of government. A dichotomy exists. My own belief is that Garner, and the Bush Administration, are well aware of this. However, the government that emerges in Iraq cannot be as stated by General Garner. The U.S. must choose the basic form of government to insure that those that risked their lives in this battle did not do so in vain.
The resulting government that ensues must be of a type that doesn't support any individual religion and allows for the freedom of the non-religious as well as religious. Furthermore, some where in the process there must evolve a document, similar to our "bill of rights" guaranteeing equal rights for all Iraqis. Until this occurs the battle in Iraq cannot even remotely be considered won.
To those who still do not understand why waging this battle in Iraq was necessary, and that there is still a war to be won, a further explanation may help. There should be no doubt that the principled actions of our government, led by George W. Bush, in conducting this battle has left a profound impression on other non-democratic governments in the mid-east. Those that have allowed, or indirectly supported, terrorism have now been put on notice that they must begin the process of re-shaping their government such that these activities are eliminated. The major perpetrators are Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt and Iran. The example of a democratic form of government in Iraq should have be profound in effecting positive changes in these governments and attendant attitudes in their respective people.
It will take time to change ancient beliefs imposed by despots utilizing education at an early age to perpetuate them. However, the seeds of terrorism cannot be truly eliminated, or at least minimized, until the majority of Muslims recognize that their religious beliefs should not be forcibly imposed on others. The war to effect this change is underway and cannot be considered over until this cause for terrorism is eliminated. Establishing a government as herein described would be a step in that direction and will insure that the battle for Iraq has truly been won so that the war against terrorism has a chance to be won, not lost.