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Mar 01, 2005

VodkaPundit: Iraq Compared To Iwo Jima

VODKAPUNDIT writes a very interesting comparison between the returns on investment of the Second Gulf War in Iraq and the taking of Iwo Jima Island in WWII.  Please read it, and then come back to my commentary below...

One big difference that he overlooks is that a good portion of the Iraqi conflict has damaged civilian property and taken civilian lives, while Iwo Jima was a deserted island and consequently suffered no civilian damage.  But the end-games, namely the atom-bomb in Japan versus the election-bomb in Iraq, certainly tip the scale back in favor with VodkaPundit's conclusion that Iraq is looking to be a tremendously less costly first milestone.

Even more so when you also consider the number of Iraqi exiles and political prisoners that have finally returned home to start a new life.

Or the thousands upon thousands of families that can finally lay to rest their uncertainty regarding the fate of missing loved ones who fell victim to Saddam's cruelty.  Plus, they will soon see the perpetrator tried by their very own shiny new, elected government.

Or you can even consider that just slightly more than one life was given for each school that USAID/Bechtel has refurbished and reopened in Iraq since 2003.  Bechtel employed more than 30,000 Iraqi laborers in the efforts of repairing over 1200 schools.  USAID has received only 52 complaints.

I can understand two years ago being skeptical about this whole idea.  But given the excellent news over the last two months -- successful Iraqi elections and self-motivated Democratic demonstrations in Lebanon, Iran and Egypt -- I can't understand why somebody would still refuse to at least give Bush's vision a chance.

And if you still can't believe it, try this one, as written by Mark Steyn for the Daily Telegraph in London:

And, for perhaps the most remarkable development, consider this report from Mohammed Ballas of Associated Press: "Palestinians expressed anger on Saturday at an overnight suicide bombing in Tel Aviv that killed four Israelis and threatened a fragile truce, a departure from former times when they welcomed attacks on their Israeli foes."

No disrespect to Associated Press, but I was disinclined to take their word for it. However, Charles Johnson, whose Little Green Footballs website has done an invaluable job these past three years presenting the ugly truth about Palestinian death-cultism, reported that he went hunting around the internet for the usual photographs of deliriously happy Gazans dancing in the street and handing out sweets to celebrate the latest addition to the pile of Jew corpses - and, to his surprise, couldn't find any.

Why is all this happening? Answer: January 30. Don't take my word for it, listen to Walid Jumblatt, big-time Lebanese Druze leader and a man of impeccable anti-American credentials: "I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, eight million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world. The Berlin Wall has fallen."


posted at 04:21 AM by Chris Chew in Politics | Comments (0)


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