Official Takes Case to U.S., but Skeptics Don’t Budge
WASHINGTON, May 8 — Mowaffak al-Rubaie, the national security adviser to Iraq’s prime minister, undertook on Tuesday what may have been his most challenging mission yet: trying to persuade American lawmakers who have all but run out of patience that still more patience is required.
In a whirlwind series of closed-door meetings that began with Representative John P. Murtha and ended with Senator Carl Levin — two Democrats who have been leading the charge for American troop withdrawals — Mr. Rubaie sought to make the case that an American pullout would be catastrophic.
What Mr. Rubaie faces is the indifference of the Democrats to any slaughter of what they consider a lesser race. They have made it prefectly clear that they consider Arabs in general, and Iraqi’s in particular as incapable of having a democratic form of government. What they want is someone in the mold of Saddam or Mubarek who will keep the lid on the Islamists.
The problem with that is that the Democrats, with their ususal eye for the immediate and blindness to the long term, are playing into the hands of the Islamists. Groups like al Qaeda consider the Arab governments as only slightly more desireable that the U.S. and Israel. They don’t seem to understand that the Islamic terrorists cannot be defeated with repression. They feed on it, they have to be undermined.
But the Democrats are more interested in defeating George W. Bush than they are with defeating Islamic terrorism. They are under the impression that every man has his price, and all they have to do is find out the Islamist’s. But not everyone’s price includes gold-plated toilets and fulsome flattery.
We have our chance to undermine the Islamists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of the two, Iraq is the most important, not only for its geographic position but for its position at the nexus of the Sunni and the Shiite worlds. Afghanistan is isolated both georgraphically and culturally. They don’t really even like Arabs and don’t have much influence in the Muslim world.
But the Democrats are fine with the Iraqi’s and the Afghan’s being slaughtered. They are, after all, dusky heathens. It’s not like with the Bosnians and Kosovar Albanians. They’re almost Europeans. The Iraqi’s are just some dark skinned buggers, in a country far away. They’re just as comfortable with their massacre as they were with the Cambodians and Rwandan’s. They won’t lift a finger to stop it, but they’ll tell everyone how sorry they are afterwards.