Spain has lost 7 of it's Intelligence agents in an ambush by Saddam loyalists and Japan has lost 2 of it's diplomats in another ambush near Tikrit.
Saddam loyalists? I didn't realise any particular political group had claimed responsibility. The Iraqi can't simply be divided into two groups - those who liked SH
, and those who welcomed his overthrow. Not all of those who hate Coalition forces want SH
If you make such binary assumptions, your argument is going to be wrong from the first line.
Once again these terrorists have mis-calculated.
Few Iraqis are likely to be analysing Japanese political haggling over the nature of their constitution.
this just and noble cause.
Getting rid of an evil dictator (I continually ask how he came to power or stayed there, but few Bush-supporters have responded) was a just and noble cause, but it was not the original reason; that reason only rose to the top of the list after references to 9/11, terrorists generally, and WMDs were discredited.
In Iraq we were too quick and too nice. The nation didn't have to suffer and we didn't turn cities into piles of rubble. Those still loyal to Saddam never had to look total destruction in the eyes and see that they really were defeated. We need to stop fighting a politically correct war and start shooting some stuff to bits.
Even if you think that further destruction is desirable, rather than abhorrent, in Iraqistan - the least I could do is point out that you'd probably have to spend more rebuilding afterwards; you'd generate more angry Iraqis, not less; and your forces would have to stay there a lot longer. Perhaps you'd consider a bigger tax bill to be the most serious drawback.
Of course, the terrorists that have come to Iraq don't care one way or the other about Saddam or the Iraqi people. They just want to kill Americans and anyone else who supports us.
One partitularly odd argument put forward by some supporters of the Bush administration is that many/most/all of the attacks on coalition are by outsiders. This is, presumably, a consequence of assuming that the Iraqi people all agree with your noble cause.
They also say that Iraqis should join Washington's program, or risk being cut out of the process altogether.
Which program, and when did the Iraqi people get any great involvement in it?
There is no more nobel and greater cause than to help one's fellow man and neighbor in time of crisis. And the crisis is instability caused by forces that seek to reinstate the ways of old. That is to say Saddam and his former regime.
A crisis completely unrelated to the invasion of Iraq, of course.