I thought Saddam Hussein and the Sunni Muslims were the bad guys. And aren’t Nouri al Maliki and the Shiites the good guys? Oh, wait - I forgot about Muqtada al Sadr. Why can’t I keep this straight? American soldiers and Marines fought like Hell, shed their blood, and died to take down Saddam. So how is it that Shiites have kidnapped another American contractor, Issa Salomi (pictured above in a Shiite video out-take), and are holding him as leverage for the release of imprisoned anti-American Shiite warriors? How can there still be Shiite anti-American fighters in Iraq? I thought this kind of thing was finished. What’s going on here?
I’ll tell you what’s going on. American troops have pulled back and left it to the Iraqi security forces and the sectarian violence is re-igniting, just like Robert Spencer said it would. Car bombs are again detonating in Baghdad. An American has been kidnapped. The biggest falsehood perpetrated on the American people in this entire War is that the World of Islam can be civilized and democratized through our military intervention and cash. It is madness and total detachment from the realities of Islam. The Washington Post story is here:
“An American contractor working for the U.S. military in Baghdad has been kidnapped by a Shiite militant group, U.S. officials said this weekend in response to a statement and video issued by the group.
The abduction of contractor Issa T. Salomi, 60, of El Cajon, Calif., marks the first reported kidnapping of an American in Iraq since the summer of 2008.
The incident suggests that reconciliation talks between the Iraqi government and the League of the Righteous, a militant group that split from the movement led by fiery Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, have broken down.
U.S. officials, who had high hopes for the reconciliation process, say they fear that the militant group, which has killed and kidnapped Americans and Britons, will continue to wage violence if it remains in the margins of the political system…”
Well, now, when political negotiations break down in American government there may be blustering press conferences, a filibuster, a debate, a vote or election - and the issue is decided. In the Muslim World political differences are often settled by means of shootings, kidnappings, bombings, heads being severed, limbs broken or lopped off, drilling holes into people with electrical tools, floggings, stonings, beatings, excised tongues, and other medieval methods which escape me at the moment – all in the name of Allah.
This new prisoners ransom is but one more piece of evidence that all we have after nearly seven years of war in Iraq is a Shiite Muslim State with Sharia (Muslim law) as the backbone of its Constitution. We are no closer to having in Iraq what Americans understand as Civilization than we were in 2003 before the invasion.
And a thousand years from now Islam will still be Islam, whether we stay in Iraq or come home. We’re not going to change fourteen-hundred years of history and belief. It’s time for American troops to leave Iraq and for someone who actually understands the tenets of Islam to figure another strategy for fighting the War.
In the meantime, we must hope and pray that Mr. Salomi is rescued and returned safely to his family.