The surge has worked, at least against Alqaeda. You might not see it in the headlines (which right now are busy reporting about a senator’s “indiscretions”) but Alqaeda in Iraq is toast, and the reporters in the middle of the surge are reporting good news (despite an occassional bomb).
But the main battle has moved to the South, thanks to the Brit’s failure to do things right.

Sadr’s militia just had a battle with the Iraqi Army who were guarding the pigrims to Karbala’s holy shrines, so the government had to send the pilgrims home. Sadr’s problem is that he is trying to make nice with the government so they won’t kick him out, but his militias are not. Is he in control of them, or is Iran, or are they just men with guns gone wild?

At the same time Iran is “offering” to help...of course, they are the main ones behind Sadr’s militia…not to mention their proxies are trying to take over Gaza and lebanon and giving them arms and missles to hit Israel…

So now we are hearing:

Iran backs Hezbollah who are trying to undermine the democratic government of Lebanon. Iran funds terrorist groups like Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which murder the innocent, and target Israel, and destabilize the Palestinian territories. Iran is sending arms to the Taliban in Afghanistan, which could be used to attack American and NATO troops. Iran has arrested visiting American scholars who have committed no crimes and pose no threat to their regime. And Iran’s active pursuit of technology that could lead to nuclear weapons threatens to put a region already known for instability and violence under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust. Iran’s actions threaten the security of nations everywhere. And that is why the United States is rallying friends and allies around the world to isolate the regime, to impose economic sanctions. We will confront this danger before it is too late..

Yup, another war. Great (I’m being sarcastic). A country where the press and the elites are forcing moderate Democrats like Hillary to play patsie with marxist anarchists of Move-On. No way the US will get into another war (which is good, but in the long term, bad: who wants a mullah with a nuke aimed at Haifa and Paris?)

Yet Iran is a country that has a lot of instability and one suspects a lot of their hyping war and spreading terrorism partly to stablize it’s own internal problems. (like the highest heroin addiction rate in the world, and the problem that 40% of their population are non Farsi,  100 000 people have been arrested in Tehran for ignoring the dress code, union leaders are being arrested, or the fact that they pump oil but are short of gas because they lack refineries).

But this time the French are on the side of the US… and the dirty little secret about the Iraq war was that if the UN had united behind Bush, Saddam would have left peacefully, and been replaced by UN peacekeepers to police the thugs.

And war is not the only option: For example, right now there are legal steps being taken now to declare Iran’s “Revolutionary Guards” as a terrorist group (which would lead banks to freeze their money). And sanctions would also help. Right now, the wild cards are China and Russia.

Me? I oppose war. But the best way to stop war is strength, not cowardly whining. And Bush is just scary enough to win in a game of “chicken”, especially if Europe decides to stop whining and join in the fight.

And  before you slam me for going along with BushyHItler’s lies about terrorism, I advise you to check the headlines of the bombs in India, the schools being destroyed in Thailand, and the Marines beheaded in Basilan Island. Yes, much of this is Sunni, not Shiite, but if the West shows weakness, it will signal more violence here.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket 

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