One of the main arguments used by those who postulate that Iraq has been lost, is that civilian and military body-counts have not subsided.  The argument is compelling because of its emotional impact … anyone with an ounce of empathy feels great pain for the lost soldiers and the Iraqi civilian victims.  Yet, in historic and analytical terms, the body-count argument is only one small part of the whole. 

For example, if one were to use body-counts as the main measure of military success or failure, then the Second World War, in fact most wars, would be considered “lost” long before the end game had even been run.  Recall that “body-counts” in World War Two were likely at there highest just prior to the collapse of both Japan and Germany.  In fact, when WW2 was the closest to being lost, during the Battle of Berlin and Pearl Harbor, the “body-count” tally was actually quite low in comparison of what was yet to come.

It is therefore, only narrow disingenuous rationalization that looks only to Iraq “body-counts” to postulate defeat.  The fact is, that some of the most significant changes have taken place on the ground even prior to “the surge”, namely that the Sunni Triangle, long the nucleus of Sunni insurgency, has gone through a sea-change.   Iraqi forces are engaging the enemy in ever greater numbers and with ever greater effect.  Sadr is hiding in Iran, and increasing, not a decreasing, numbers of Iraqi provinces are thriving.

Body-counts are therefore only one element in the equation when determining success or failure of the Iraq mission, but body-counts are also the chief weapon used in the information war.  A largely “progressive” media, along with those who oppose the war, concentrates almost solely on “body-counts” when presenting argument.  Ironically, the Islamists struggling to turn Iraq into a holocaust understand this all too well …  so what do they do?  They ensure that the “progressive” class gets a daily dose of civilian casualties.  Otherwise, what would the “progressive” press have to report on, and what would there be to fan the flames of “progressive” pacifism.

Steve Schippert takes a look at the positive changes taking place in Iraq; changes that when taken into consideration along with “body-counts”, suggest that Iraq may be on the mend:

The progress in the past three short months in Iraq is unmistakable.  Since General Petraeus has taken command of MNF-I forces in mid February, the convergence of developments has fundamentally changed the outlook in Iraq.  While “The Surge” has dominated discussion – be it on operational tempo within Baghdad or withdrawal timetables within the DC Beltway – progress on several vital fronts is beginning to reshape realities on the ground.

Read it HERE.

My personal view on this matter is mixed.  Iraq today is not the Iraq it was 2 years ago.  The political, military, social, and economic dynamics have completely altered, so viewing Iraq through the prism of the immediate post-Saddam era is faulty.  The truth is that the elements that make up the conflict have changed dramatically and it’s not the same conflict it was 2 years ago.  For me, the most urgent concern is that Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and perhaps some other neighbors, want and need the conflict to continue.  Iraq is in danger of becoming the board game on which all regional differences are fought.  If that were to happen, the “body-counts” we see today would seem trivial.

The handmaiden of despots and rogues has always been chaos … and those craving Islamic Totalitarian rule want nothing more than to turn Iraq into a graveyard.  Those in the West who bemoan the “body-counts” and use them to council defeat are ignorantly viewing the conflict from their smug little Western perch; a perch that can’t comprehend the holocaust that the Islamists have in store for the region were Iraq to fail.

 Taken from Celestial Junk Blog

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