Not all Muslims took over another major city in Iraq last week, leading confident Pentagon officials speaking entirely for themselves and not representative of any other Obama junta official or employee to reassert their confidence of eventual victory over the junior-varsity squad currently establishing something or other that is neither Islamic nor a state in the Middle East. The Muslim army, which is not an army and has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam, is rapidly being degraded and destroyed, continuing its march of conquest across the region without pause or even much in the way of hindrance from anybody.
And now the on-the-ropes and demoralized squad of no-hoper amateurs is on the rampage preparatory to retaking Fallujah. This, we are told, is “victory.” For the Obama junta’s value of victory, I guess. All of which leads me to this:
But even if we set aside that failure, is there any honest observer of the Middle East who believes it’s more stable today than it was in 2002? A more stable Middle East doesn’t necessarily mean a more moral one, that’s true, but even with Hussein in the ground there’s little evidence Americans are any less in danger from a rogue ISIS-style terror attack than they were from Iraqi Baathists. The regime-change was supposed to produce security, not another kind of insecurity.
A group of Islamists, training and organizing with little regard for self-preservation, are no less terrible than Saddam, and in many ways perhaps more dangerous. ISIS also threatens and slaughters minorities across the Middle East. And the ISIS story is not over. A Saddam-led Iraq might have been easier to contain than a disparate terrorist army functioning in an unpredictable Middle East. ISIS took Ramadi last week, a city Americans had saved in the past; a city that is only one of many that will fall without the assistance of the United States. In the end, more than likely we will have to protect this brittle nation in perpetuity.
Then, of course, unconstrained by their rivals, Iran, a nation whose technological and economic infrastructure is superior is stronger than Iraq, has become more dangerous than ever. It’s a country with access to vast amounts of oil, and is more than likely to be on the threshold of nuclear weapons soon. Not only does it boast an impressive military, but it has proxy armies throughout the Middle East threatening American allies. It’s a country run by End-of-Days theocrats who benefited most from the American invasion of Iraq.
Yet Patten can’t understand how so many Americans can support military action against ISIS but still think we were wrong about invading Iraq. He claims that Americans might be overinflating the present-day threat posed by ISIS and underestimating or forgetting the threat posed by Saddam when we invaded. Maybe Americans do forget—though it is clear now that Saddam did not pose the threat we were told he did. Maybe Americans just have a visceral reaction when they see innocent people being beheaded. Maybe they have a sense of righteousness. Maybe they want to kill bad guys. Or maybe, they learned a lesson that seems pretty clear to me: we can fight the enemy, but it’s foolish to attempt to social engineer abroad. Maybe, intuitively, Americans comprehend the distinction.
Whatever the case, admitting that Iraq was a mistake neither confirms the Progressive position nor disproves the hawk’s worldview. ISIS is real. Iran is not Iraq. Neither does the Iraq invasion excuse Obama’s muddled foreign policy or our deteriorating position in Middle East. Every president inherits a world with problems left to them by history. But the Iraq War did not accomplish any of its broader objectives and it failed to make us safer, the region more stable or the people of the Middle East much freer. Republicans have little to gain by trying to reimagine history.
On the other hand, given Islam’s ascendancy and the West’s self-enfeeblement and its concomitant predilection for self-deception, it could very well be that the current nightmare or something very like it was always going to happen anyway, whether we removed Saddam or not.
On the cheap update! Williamson Q: What Price Are We Prepared to Pay to Keep ISIS in Check? My A: not nearly as much as will be required.
Joe Biden — who is, incredibly, vice president of these United States — took the occasion of Memorial Day to telephone the Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, for the purpose of making the political equivalent of a halftime locker-room speech: “Biden assures Iraqi prime minister of U.S. support,” reported ABC News. When Biden assures you of U.S. support, it is time to update your life-insurance policy and begin quietly executing whatever your Plan B is. Let’s hope he has a good real-estate agent.
But let’s not blame poor feckless Joe Biden, the terrified rodential little man with the lingering hands and too much fondness for the word “literally,” the definition of which he does not seem to know. Yes, the vice president is an unserious man on this, as on all matters, but he is an unserious vice president who serves at the pleasure of an unserious president, who serves at the pleasure of an unserious people — us.
Saby (taking slaves through war) is a great prophetic Sunnah containing many divine wisdoms and religious benefits, regardless of whether or not the people are aware of this. The Sīrah is a witness to our Prophet’s (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) raiding of the kuffār. He would kill their men and enslave their children and women. The raids of the beloved Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) convey this to us….
The scholars of Sīrah mentioned that the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) took four slave-girls as concubines, two of them being Māriyah al-Qibtiyyah and Rayhānah an-Nadriyyah [Zād al-Ma’ād].
Yes, Allah has opened the lands for His awliyā’, so they entered and dispersed within the lands, killing the fighters of the kuffār, capturing their women, and enslaving their children.
I write this while the letters drip of pride.
Yes, O religions of kufr altogether, we have indeed raided and captured the kāfirah women, and drove them like sheep by the edge of the sword. And glory belongs to Allah, to His Messenger, and the believers, but the hypocrites do not know!
And who knows, maybe Michelle Obama’s price won’t even exceed a third of a dīnār, and a third of a dīnār is too much for her!
Thereby confirming the old saw that nobody is wrong ALL the time, and that now and then even a blind squirrel finds a nut.