Sunday, August 21, 2005

Impatience is the Enemy

Everyone is impatient. It’s become a large part of our culture here in America. And while that is good for some things, such as driving ideas in the marketplace, it’s not so good for others.

It’s not so good for Iraq. Iraqis are already impatient. The Sheat that have been held down for years are impatient to gain what they feel is their "rightful" majority rule, the Sunni who have tended to be the more privileged, educated class during the past 30 years, are impatient, as, believe it or not, a large segment of them has become supportive of a secular government, as they have been educated, and seen the prosperity that comes with Westernization. The Kurds are so impatient, marginalized and persecuted for years, they finally took their security upon themselves, and they have, for the most part, already been through what the rest of Iraq is just beginning over ten years ago.

I have been avowing for days in debates, with friends and on the blogosphere that impatience is the largest threat to Iraq today.

Still measured in months, in November, 2004, the borders of Iraq were sealed, so that the operation of Fallujah could take place. This was a smart step by the government at that time, as it allowed the operation a different measure of success than it may have had if they hadn’t closed the borders, though it left some people stranded in Iraq that were outside of it, and some outside that were supposed to be back in country. I was in Jordan at the time, and it was an interesting time indeed. With this already going on, (the Jordan/Iraq highway was closed/as were all flights, which is a BIG deal for a lot of people and businesses there) Arafat died, and Ramadan ended with its usual celebrations taken to extreme with the death of Arafat at the same time. It sure was interesting to be in Jordan when Arafat died. But that’s a discussion for later.

Point being, that Operation was considered as part of the “disaster” that Iraq had become. It was the first time I noticed growing impatience on the part of the American public with OIF.

A mere 2 and a half months later, Iraqis silenced that impatience with their first democratic voting process. All the world saw was ink stained purple fingers, smiles and tears. And a turnout that put our country to shame, in conditions much worse than any of us have to go through to vote.

That calm lasted for a while. But then, in an all out effort, the terrorists scaled up. Starting in May we saw another escalation. I happen to equate this with the fact that elections DID mean that Iraq might indeed become a democratically elected government, or even worse was the fear of neighboring states that it could become a secular republic governmentally. Which would cause great issues for the possibility of Syria and Iran to hang on to their dictatorships long term. Which in turn led to, guess what? Another spike in terrorism in Iraq.

And in the past weeks, after the death of 21 Marines in two days, I saw the American public start to tip over the edge with their impatience. This galvanizes the enemy. Most of us agree that we can’t and shouldn’t pull out of Iraq now, for different reasons, but the most commonly agreed on one is that it would tell the terrorists that “they win.” Please, folks, show the resolve and unity we had after 9/11. When the going gets tough, we keep going. It’s how we are where we are today, it’s why we still enjoy the most prosperous and safe place to live in the world. It’s part of what makes us American.

If you feel impatient, I have a suggestion. Do something to help. And remember, our country wasn’t made in 3 years either. Nothing worth having in life comes too easily.

Remember the example above, and how quickly things can change in a mere 3 months there. Be patient. For after the bad days, the good return. (Iraqi saying)

94 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

Kerry,

If we had congressional elections every four years instead of every two, we might be able to ignore the impatience that we see reflected in the polls. If the Republicans can break even in the 2006 congressional elections, Bush will probably have enough congressional support to continue assisting Iraq until they can fight on their own.

But, again, I don't have much information as to how good the Iraqi security forces have become.

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Blogger EddieP said...

You can believe that Zarqawi and his minions watch CNN everyday and read the NYT On-Line. They have to be delighted that our MSM is leading the fight to discourage Americans, and fighting on Al Quaeda's behalf. If I were them, I wouldn't quit either. The MSM is going to lead us down the same path of shame and disillusionment that they chose in Vietnam.

The problem is that this time there is an international terror operation ready to step in and destroy our way of life. Too bad the MSM doesn't get it and come out for the only sane choice there is.

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Blogger gunther said...

"The problem is that this time there is an international terror operation ready to step in and destroy our way of life."

Sounds like you've been reading too many James Bond novels. Get a grip.


While I appreciate the argument you made in this post, it does all sound rather Pollyann-ish. Things will get better, etc. etc. What you and many people have a hard time grasping are two basic facts that stand in the way of the progress you envision. One, our continued presence in Iraq is making things worse, since we are seen as occupiers by a large part of the population. So as long as we stay, there will be an insurgency. Two, the Shiites and Kurds have drafted a constitution that turns the Sunnis into second class citizens and given them a part of the country with no oil resources. They will never accept this, and this too will fuel an insurgency. Simply put, it's ridiculous to claim that impatience is the biggest threat in Irag when there are huge factors at work that will (if left unchecked) lead to disaster.

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