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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Whining and Defeatism Doesn't Get It Done!

I am always looking for the positive side of our war on terrorism, such as the Iraq rebuilding, which does in fact exist. We subscribe to the blog Regime Change Iran where they seek democracy and liberty by engaging the blogoshere. They should be commended; we praise and support their efforts. xxx Next I surf across Healing Iraq via another blog so I become intrigued by the thought of reading some positive news in Iraq from the "birds eye view." Unfortunately when the writer lives in or near Baghdad, in constant fear from stray bullets and cross fire, I sympathize. However, I begin reading a story reprinted in the Washington Post with select quotes I find very disturbing while sitting in the comfort of my safe home. xxx The article I reference is entitled, One Week in Baghdad authored by Zeyad. Here are some quotes that really rankle my feathers. Keep in mind, I do sympathize, to a point with the poor and dangerous conditions Zeyad is facing. But as an American who understands our history as a nation, a person who served in the Armed Forces Army Rangers and currently has a son in training with the 795th Military Police Battalion, my sympathy only reaches so far. Read the full article to put it all into context, it's not a pretty picture. xxx Zeyad complains of poor traffic and checkpoints in his attempt to reach work for his paycheck or as he calls it, his salary. "Any other day, I would have given up and gone home, but I needed to get my salary as soon as I could, because I can't rely on being able to get to work every day in the upcoming week. Preparations for the Arba'een religious anniversary are underway, and this road will be blocked to traffic to accommodate the hordes of Shiite pilgrims heading on foot to Karbala."
Difficulty getting to work because of religious holidays and people blocking roadways. People complain about Americans, we are a religious people but I suppose our work ethic gets in the way. He should get on the Dan Ryan or Kennedy expressway in Chicago some morning! Of course those people are headed to work! xxx "We were engrossed in morning preparations at work when a colleague called our attention to the latest 'episode' of Saddam's trial -- a form of cheap entertainment for many Iraqis against the backdrop of dreary events in Baghdad. At least it's the one thing that Iraqis of all backgrounds agree upon." xxx "Colleagues rushed, tea mugs in hand, to take a look at the TV screen. Our clinic director wasn't amused, watching his employees leave their posts, but he didn't protest. After all, there are no drugs in our pharmacy to prescribe, my dental chair hasn't been fixed for months -- and even if it was, there are no anesthetics for patients." xxx Is this like March Madness, screw work and watch the trial? I can understand lack of supplies but more time could be spent finding solutions to problems instead of drinking tea and watching the Saddam trial. Sorry, must be that American work ethic and ingenuity affliction that has me again. xxx "Iraqi's have lost all hopes for any real justice in this god-awful country. People here have long been accustomed to taking justice into their own hands -- or forgetting it altogether. That is one thing that hasn't changed much."
We are a nation of laws and would hope Iraqi's would have hope and move away from the status quo, it's what fighting for Democracy is all about. This blanket statement certainly doesn't speak for all citizens of Iraq. We thought Saddam and Company previously handed out justice. Aren't they better than that? xxx "My neighbors suggested we go out for lunch today. They are a young couple living just across the street, with two kids, a girl and a boy, ages 11 and 5." This is recorded as Wednesday. What happened to work? xxx "Being forced to leave your home is not a trivial affair. The last three years have witnessed scores of Iraqi professionals and businessman leaving to Jordan, Syria or Egypt, a second exodus of Iraqis far more alarming than that of the 90s. The country is slowly being stripped of its intelligentsia, and I fear that soon we will be left only with fanatics inside." Is he talking about Saddam's secret police squads? xxx "Following the Samarra bombing, many Shi'ite inhabitants of Sunni dominated areas north and west of Baghdad were forced to leave. In the south, a once sizeable Sunni community in Basrah, Nasiriya, Hilla and Samawa is diminishing day by day. Kurds in the north have regressed back behind their borders, further isolating themselves. Iraqi society is falling apart." xxx Thanks to our Minutemen and armed militia who left their families, homes and farms to fight for freedom. They suffered with lack of food, ammunition and horrible winters, but continued the struggle for freedom. Their wives stayed home raising children and working the land. American's who respect their freedom understand how we received it. Many Europeans forgot how they retained their freedom while American's left home to spill their blood in the name of freedom and liberty in foreign countries.
xxxxxx "It seems that the barrage of bombings, assassinations, detentions and abductions is not enough, so we need one more thing to worry about. And yes, we were discussing these pleasant issues over lunch. It was a splendid meal of Iraq Masgoof (roasted fish) on a refreshing sunny day at the bank of the Tigris, in the comforting company of family and friends." xxx Zeyad is sarcastic about the bombings while skipping work using them as an excuse earlier. We're glad he enjoyed the day off and fine meal while our soldiers train their military and spill their blood in the desert sand. He complains and then jokes about the same thing. Maybe they should start a military draft in Iraq. xxx "If there is any advantage of the Iraq war, it would have to be the endless stream of national and religious holidays. There was a daytime curfew today because of the opening parliamentary session, and not much activity is expected during the next week as the Shi'ite Arba'een holiday, or the 40th day commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, will be taking place." xxx An advantage to the war is an endless stream of holidays? Ah yes! More time off. Let us pray five times a day and eat fish on the Tigres while Americans do the dirty work. If it doesn't work out we can just merge Iraq with Iran and pray the Mullahs don't have our heads! xxx "I imposed my own daytime ban on news channels. Last thing I need is a headache. Instead, we watched a good old rented sci-fi movie. xxx
In addition to regular and fixed holidays, it is possible to make up your own without the need to take leave. Better still, you can do it from the comfort of your bed, citing an unexpected security incident as an excuse. xxx Like sometimes I don't feel like going to work. I just oversleep. The phone rings and wakes me up at 11 am. xxx
"Where are you, Dr.?" my boss inquires. "We were expecting you. You know the Directorate might send someone for inspection today." xxx
"Oh, I apologize, Dr.," I reply, trying to sound as wakeful as I can. "I'm on the Canal highway, and there seems to be an American roadblock. I'm not sure I'm going to make it to the clinic today."" xxx We don't get this news from MSM but once again I must wonder about Zeyad's lack of intestinal fortitude, it's quite disheartening. xxx Zeyad provides us with some honesty. "But lazy civil servants such as myself can lay back and enjoy the fruits of "liberation.""
xxx Zeyad, is an Iraqi dentist who spent his childhood in Britain, lives in Baghdad. His blog, Healing Iraq, started in October 2003. For security reasons, Zeyad publishes only his first name. His complete BIO is here. He states his wish to work on a Masters Degree someday. Let's hope the freedom fighters can accommodate him while he lies in bed or drinks tea.
My intent is not to degrade or insult Zeyad. However, gaining freedom, stopping the enemy and acquiring liberty requires personal sacrifice. Those liberty's allow for free speech and opinion, which are earned and not taken lightly. American's, especially the left, forget our history of sacrifice at home and abroad. If you have foreign army's removing tyrants and insurgents, they are not occupiers but liberators.
Here is what Americans call "Tough Love" Zeyad. Don't complain, get off your ass and fight!
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

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Anonymous Stingray said...

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Many thanks,
-Michael McCullough

3/23/2006 08:46:00 PM  

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