Five Years and One Day and Counting
About George W. Bush's speech yesterday, which proclaimed victory in Iraq, I was most taken by this statement:
"In Iraq, we are witnessing the first large-scale Arab uprising against Osama Bin Laden. And the significance of this development cannot be overstated."Evidently, when those same Iraqi militias were working with the Syrian or Iranian or Saudi elements, they were not a part of an uprising against the United States. Only after we have successfully bribed or coerced them, after they have gotten tired of their own in-fighting, and after they see an opportunity for political power and influence, these Iraqi militias are now doing our bidding and taking it to Bin Laden.
Evidently, someone's anti-Islamofascist-freedom-fighter is someone else's bitch.
Of course, I was under the impression that in fact there had been an earlier and genuine and rather large-scale uprising specifically against Bin Laden and his associates: remember Afghanistan?