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Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Blame it On al-Qaeda (Again)


"There's a lot of sectarian violence taking place, fomented in my opinion because of the attacks by al-Qaeda causing people to seek reprisal."

-President Bush


A-HA! I get it now. The sectarian violence in Iraq has nothing to do with the Bush administration's ineptitude; it has nothing to do with the lack of a plan to fix Iraq after "Mission Accomplished"; and it has nothing to do with the missing exit strategy. It's all an al-Qaeda plot!


According to President Bush, all of the ills that have occurred in Iraq are a result of al-Qaeda and have nothing to do with Donald Rumsfeld's failures or war profiteers like Halliburton. Just as a reminder, there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq prior to the "Coalition" invasion.


So then, according to President Bush, some al-Qaeda operative, some time ago, dressed up like a Sunni, blew himself up in a crowded Shiite market, forcing the Shiite-led, Iran backed government to form death squads and allow Muqtadr al-Sadr's militia free reign to spray even more terror around their nation.


Got it?


With 150 new Iraqi deaths every day, the president expects us all to believe that Iraqis can't tell the difference between an Egyptian or Saudi al-Qaeda operative in their midst disguised as a Sunni. At the same time he wants us to believe that there is no civil war in Iraq, and that, despite the years of Sunni-Shiite unrest, kept in check only by the brutal sword of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, that everything would be just fine if it weren't for al-Qaeda.


Whatever happened to "If we fight them over there we won't have to fight them over here"? Wasn't this his plan all along?


President Bush forgets that the new Shiite government led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, only exists at the whim of the al-Sadr militia.


"We've been in this phase for a while,"

-Bush, referring to the violence and claiming that Iraq is just the same now as it was months ago


Anything to defer blame,. right, GW?


The President isn't really worried about anything in Iraq, it appears. It even appears that he isn't bothered by the "friendship" built up between the new Iraqi government and Iran.


"If that's what they think they ought to do, that's fine,"



How very big of you, Mr. President. Maybe the fact that Iraq is creating "bond" with Iran and Syria doesn't bother, but it sure bothers me.


However, at the very same time, Bush seems to contradict himself in relation to the two nations mentioned above:


The Iraqi "government is being undermined, in my opinion, by extremist forces encouraged out of Syria and Iran,. Why? Because a democracy will be a major defeat for those who articulate extremist points of view."



So at the same time that Bush expects Iran and Syria to help Iraq on their path to a peaceful democracy, they are blaming the two nations for facilitating al-Qaeda activities in Iraq by supplying al-Qaeda operatives to disguise themselves as Iraqis and incite a violence that does neither of two neighbors any good at all.




Al-Qaeda is a menace to our world. But President Bush's use of them as the cause of everything only diminishes what they are truly at fault for. We need to get rid of al-Qaeda as part of the process toward world peace, this much is true. But blaming them for the sectarian violence in Iraq will not stop, or even reduce that violence. This is only another attempt by the Bush administration to focus American fears on a familiar, hated foe. We have plenty of fear and hate for them as it is. The president should try and fix the problems in Iraq at their core, the real causes, not create a more convenient cause to assign blame to.


If President Bush were to somehow, blast al-Qaeda and Osama bin-Laden off the face of the Earth today, the sectarian violence in Iraq would continue and the whole middle east would still be in danger. But then, who would GW have to make us feel afraid of?

-Noah Greenberg

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