I’m writing this post a) because I want to try out the TrackBack feature and b) I think that this post by Varifrank is an excellent summary of why we’re in Iraq now and why we can’t leave anytime soon.
Several people in the company have asked me, “why the hell are we still in Iraq anyway? I thought the war was over.” I tried to give an adequate answer, but I fumbled because like many things, it seemed self-evident to me; we can’t just go blow up a country and leave it in shambles. Here’s the short version if you don’t want to read Frank’s whole post:
Why are we in Iraq? To preempt a far larger and more deadly war.
Why should we stay in Iraq? Because to do otherwise would be inhumane.
Who gains if we stay? Islam will survive as a pillar of culture in that part of the world.
Who loses if we stay? All of the Jihadi Tyranny systems that exist. The power structures of the middle east have existed largely out of a power vacuum. By prodiving a strong alternative to the Jihadi leaders, we can lower their importance.
Who gains if we leave? The powerful who prey on the weak, those who wish to enslave people and treat women as farm anmials.
Who loses if we leave? Billions of innocent people who want nothing more than to live their lives in freedom.