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"People of America: the world is
following your news in regards to your invasion of Iraq, for people
have recently come to know that, after several years of tragedies of
this war, the vast majority of you want it stopped."
"I invite you to embrace Islam."
Bin Laden--- 2007
“And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there
prevail justice and Faith in Allah; but if they cease, let there be no hostility
except to those who practice oppression”. Revelation 2:193 of the
The seventh year anniversary
of the terrorists attacks which
occurred on 9/11, have come and gone, but the global war on terror
remains with no end in sight. From a united country in 2001, to
a divided one in 2004. But united once again since 2006, however, not in a
positive way. The polls indicate an all time low for both government
branches which includes President Bush, Congress, and the Senate. Some
of the polls have shown single digits for congress around 9 percent to
highs of 19 percent in various polls combined while the President's approval rating was around
29 percent to a high of 45 percent in various polls combined as well which are both all time lows.
The Iraq War: A War on Terror or
Enforcement of UN Resolutions?
There were implications of a connection
between the 9/11 attacks and support of Bin Laden by Saddam Hussein.
Yes, Saddam was suspected of those activities but overall it wasn't
the cause of the war. The Iraqi war started in January 1991, when
Saddam's military force was occupying Kuwait. No peace agreement was
signed, just declaring a halt to military operations on the ground but
not in the air.
Only one other country is currently in a similar situation, and that
country is; North Korea. Being on the loosing end, Saddam was
forced to accept UN resolutions. He would later on defy the
resolutions saying they were invalid.
Before President Bush was elected the
first time, he made a promise to the American people that he wanted to
put pressure on Saddam to comply with UN resolutions. While in
office, Bush had to put his plans on hold because of 9/11, but when
the Taliban was toppled and the search for Bin Laden was on,
President Bush turned his attention to making his case for invading
Iraq, for the purpose of removing Saddam Hussein and rebuilding a new
government elected by the Iraqi people. The case was strong as Saddam Hussein had gathered numerous violations for
example, in June 21, 1997 the UN condemns Iraq publicly for "a
repeated refusal of Iraqi authorities to allow access to UN
inspectors, which constitutes a "clear and flagrant violation" of UNSCR 687, 707, 715, and 1060." Then again in October 23, 1997
as Saddam continues to refuse to allow access to UN inspectors.
And the list goes on and on.
In a tactical move like his father who
believes in a strong UN and one world government, President Bush
submits his argument to the UN, and there he lobbied the world for
another resolution in order to put an additional pressure on Saddam to
comply and to open the door for a possible war against Iraq through
the UN. If this plan failed Bush had plans as he told the
Spanish Prime Minister, that the war would have started anyway, and
Saddam would be punished.
On October the UN passed a resolution known as; 1441 (see more info
It gave Saddam one last chance, and if he showed progress
unconditionally in 30 days, there would be no invasion, but he if he failed to
follow the directive, the resolution had a provision to deal
with the issue, it states; "serious
consequences as a result of its continued violations."
Although the statement was disputed on what exactly were those "serious
consequences" were suppose to be, Bush interpreted the meaning as
removing Saddam from power and putting him to trial for his crimes while
rebuilding Iraq and allowing the people to vote for their own leaders.
The Iraqi war wasn't the only war going
on. In 2004, the media started it's political war using Iraq
with massive coverage of
no "new" arms of massive destruction were found.
The media was also misleading the
public saying the United States went to war with Iraq because of the
connection with 9/11, claiming now the invasion was "illegal". There is no doubt however Saddam supported
Bin Laden in this way. He hated the United States for kicking
out his army of Kuwait which he deemed as the 19th providence of Iraq.
And there no doubt he rejoiced in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and
there is even evidence to suggest that his people (Saddam's) had
contact with some of Bin Laden's people. However, this in itself
didn't mean it was the main cause on why the US invaded Iraq
or that Saddam plotted with Bin Laden for the 9/11 attacks. It
was President Bush's objective as a believer in the New World Order
just like his father was to make Saddam comply with UN resolutions
or be removed.
When it was concluded as stated before, there were no new
weapons of mass destruction as they did come across some old dumps of
the weapons and mobile chemical plants which were not used yet.
The media went into a blitz mode as well as the likes of John Kerry
who was running for President at the time. Every death of every
brave US military personal was the headline news for days on end.
As the violence continue to worsen the media coverage increased and
public opinion about the war turned from a positive idea to a negative
one. The low point came in 2006, when even some Republicans
began to question if the war should have started in the first place.
And more talks of a pull out began to take hold and the violence was
seemingly out of control.
Promise me one thing, he said: If I die, don't go on TV and
criticize the war, as the mother of one fallen soldier did,
famously — "Don't go
Cindy Sheehan on me." And don't let my boots be used in
one of those anti-war demonstrations.
GI who served 500 days in Iraq giving final instructions to his
wife in case he was killed in combat
A Turning Point in the Iraqi War
President Bush finally convinced the Iraqi
Prime Minister to allow the troops into all neighborhoods, prior to
that, the troops were not allowed into certain Shiite areas where some
of the terrorists were hiding, and regrouping. The President Bush
offered a unpopular plan for a troop surge of 30,000.
Liberals were outraged and said the additional troops would never
work. Obama the current presidential candidate declared his dismay for
the surge and said no expert in the field told him the surge would
work. The Democrats in turn, offered a pull out with some remaining
troops (about 70,000 or less) for training. Meanwhile even a few active Republicans
began to express doubt over the unpopular plan while
supporters like Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who didn't like the
surge plan, he began to state some criticisms to the public
because he didn't think the current policy was working well enough,
and he stated the country needed a new direction to win the war.
With a bitter debate, the troop surge
was ratified and then was completed at full strength in June 2007. In
September 2007 only three months later, a full report of progress or lack thereof was to be
presented to the public and the Senate by General Petraeus. As
the report unfolded and some positive news came out, the General was
labeled as doing the bidding for the President by some of the
Senators, and special interest groups. Senator Clinton went as
far as saying she had to "suspend belief" of the report. The violence unlike a
year ago, seemed to be more under control. Parts of Iraq in
which they thought was lost, was taken back by the Iraqi people
themselves with the help of additional US troops who were able to go
into forbidden areas of the past. The Iraqi government
previously have failed to meet certain benchmarks, only about 9/18 were met.
But as of July 2008, 15/18 benchmarks have been met. Recent
reports have indicated a huge decline as much as 80 percent reduction
in the violence, and going from 78 US deaths in one month to 5 US
deaths. A quite a remarkable turnaround.
Many months later, many liberals and
even the media finally admitted there was progress being made because
of the surge of troops as the violence continued a steady trend of
going down. In some liberal media outlets the surge isn't working fast
enough and are still demanding a pullout without completing the
mission which has the objective of building up security forces so the
Iraqi people can deal with the violence by themselves. Obama who
visited Iraq in July 2008 has not back off in in his position the
troops pulling out right away, in fact knowing what he knows now about
the surge he would still vote against it.
Bin Laden, Terrorism, and Islam
"Fight for the sake of God those
that fight against you, but do not attack them first. God does not
love the aggressors. Slay them wherever you find them. Drive them out
of the places from which they drove you. Idolatry is more grievous
than bloodshed.... Fight against them until idolatry is no more and
God’s religion reigns supreme." (Sura 2:190-192).
Most terrorist follow this revelation (sura)
from the Quran to the letter, finding it's own justification to carry
out a struggle (jihad) against those they find as "aggressors."
Not all jihads means violence, a Muslim can practice let's say a jihad
with the moral conduct of certain people. But in this situation,
terrorists use the term for violence just as other Muslims of the past
when it came to conquering land, like Muhammad did as a way to
"fight against them until their idolatry is no more".
Back in 1991, Bin Laden was outraged
that non-Muslims came to the aid of Kuwait and set foot on what he
considered "holy" ground for Muslims only. It was then Bin Laden
decided to make war with the US. He put more emphasis on the US
support for Israel than ever before as those terrorists were
successful in getting support from most Arab countries in one
form or another, and thus making his connection of labeling the
US as aggressors too which would give him sanction by the Quran to
attack the United States.
In order to carry out this new war with
the west and the United States in particular, Bin Laden formed a group
known as al-Qaeda. A suspect in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade
Center was the very first time the US public became aware of him.
In 1996 and 1998 Bin Laden issues a degree of war to his followers and
all Muslims in general to kill all civilians and military personal
from the United States. In 1998 a federal court indicted him for
the U.S. embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam Tanzania and Nairobi,
Kenya. However, Bin Laden hasn't been indicted for the second
World Trade Center attack in 2001, where almost 3,000 people were
killed and even with him admitting his connection that lead to
terrorist attack of 9/11. Bin Laden became the most wanted man in the
world as a result of the 9/11 attacks with a high reward if captured
dead or alive.
The Media Has Helped Bin Laden's
Cause and Terrorism in General
In the name of "honest" debate, the
media has been an ally of Bin Laden's cause and other terrorists
surrounding the Iraqi war. During 2004 one could see every
single death of a US troop made headline news. Since the surge
which the liberal media was against sending there in the first place,
started working you see less and less negative press about the war
except for liberal political commentary which will always be negative
for the most part. Bin Laden noticed for sometime a change in
the American people's view on the war in Iraq, and the liberal press
in general that in his latest video in 2007 he sounded more like a
political figure than a leader terrorist fighting a war. Bin Laden who
normally could care less about such issues as global warming actually
became an activist for the cause in light of seeing it as something
successful against the United States. This right here should
have given people the impression, that the war in Iraq was turning.
While it's true Bin Laden continued to justify future deaths, and only
the west turn to Islam would bring peace in his opinion, it appeared
he had nothing really to brag about like he did in 2006 when the
violence was out of control.
While it's not wrong to debate another
direction on how to win the war in Iraq or allow the Iraqis to win the
war in Iraq, the political nature of the criticism was not an "honest"
debate, it's not to say the debate is or was an outright lie even
though at times some liberal political figures did lie about
situations in Iraq which will be addressed in another article.
It was using the debate to score points with the American people
rather than discussing possible solutions. Maybe a pull out is
all what the liberal media and others can come up with and there is
nothing else but still the debate could have been handled better, and
the coverage as well especially with the troops in arms way.
Six years later, one can conclude the war on
terror is far from over as the Quran motivates their cause. The Iraqi war
will eventually end but will it succeed? Right now things are looking
better for that country, but a lot of work remains. Christians must pray for
them, and show the light of the world to these people as they truly need God.