Thursday, December 22, 2011

Iraq's budding democracy

It hasn't been a week since the last American troops exited Iraq and already the signs are becoming clear how this is going to work out and where it is headed.

Wave of Bombings Across Iraqi Capital Kills At Least 57
A wave of violence ripped across Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 57 people and injuring nearly 200 in a coordinated attack designed to wreak havoc in the Iraqi capital just days after American forces left the country. The blasts were the worst violence since a political crisis between Iraq's Sunni and Shiite factions erupted this weekend. The political spat, which pits Iraq's Shiite prime minister against the highest-ranking Sunni political leader, has raised fears that Iraq's sectarian wounds will be reopened during a fragile time when Iraq is finally navigating its own political future without U.S. military support.
So, let's review. America invests nine years of blood and treasure into routing a sadistic dictator reducing the ability of terrorists to operate from the country. All the while, fighting tooth and nail with our own dissidents both politically and in the media. And now that this president has pulled our personnel out and walked away, the militants are moving in quickly to fill the void. I have said give it six months and see what happens. I don't think we are going to have to wait that long from the looks of it.


XtnYoda said...

I've met several Vietnamese that survived after we cut and ran from Vietnam. The accounts are horrid. The tears are fresh. Their pain is raw.

Prime said...

You are right Chuck, there will be more. Once again, America has withdrawn from a country in chaos and the void will be filled by militant extremism.