Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The New Year in Iraq
While I've got my own familial reasons for looking forward to the New Year, things are less cheery around the globe. It looks like we'll be having a troop "surge" in Iraq to help calm things down. Good to go, as long as they're not sent over for more of the same. One Iraqi on the front lines of Baghdad has a few suggestions, and a recent report from the Pentagon has one big one: eliminate al-Sadr. He and his militia are now the biggest threat to peace in Iraq; any failure to deal with him will prove that the powers that be are no longer serious about success in that country. And while we're at it, how about dealing with the other problem that everyone's stuck their heads in the sand about: securing Iraq's borders? Maybe the capture of several Iranians suspected of organizing attacks therein will prompt appropriate action. I'm not optimistic, however. Russia and China don't care about reining in Tehran, so long as they can sell their weapons and buy oil. Europe long ago lost the willpower to do anything of significance in this world. America is the only one left with the will or the ability to challenge Iran (apart from Israel), and we will never be in a better position to do so than right now. Willpower is simply missing from our nation's decision-makers, however; and as Iraq's borders go, so goes the neighborhood.