June 15, 2005
-- by Dave Johnson
Iraqi and American forces spotted a form huddled beneath a blanket when they raided a home in a dangerous Sunni neighborhood Wednesday. The residents insisted it was their ailing father - but the unfazed troops knew they'd found their man: Australian hostage Douglas Wood.But there's a special aspect to this rescue:
In a statement read by Warner, Wood, a longtime resident of Alamo, Calif., said: "I'm extremely happy and relieved to be free again and deeply grateful to all those who worked to bring about my release ... It is a sign for the future of Iraq that Iraqi soldiers played a role in my release."Iraqis are now hearing that their own troops rescued this man and can claim a victory over the thugs who are attacking civilians in their efforts to keep the country from stabilizing.
The only ways out of the Iraq mess are:
- At least double the American forces in Iraq, to increase security and allow the country to persue a path of stabilization. This won't happen because it means the Bush administration has to admit a mistake as well as impose a draft, which will be politically unpopular.
- Bring in the UN and let them solve it. This won't happen because it means the Bush administration has to admit a mistake, and go against the John Birch Society's anti-UN campaign.
- Iraqis take over security functions, enabling the US to leave.
The third is why today's rescue is such good news. The Iraqis are getting the credit and the thanks, and Iraqis need to hear this. Maybe it will give them some hope and inspiration. There is no other realistic solution that I can see.
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Posted by: richard at June 16, 2005 12:22 AM
Wrong! There is no solution--period. The war was lost 2 years ago. We need to leave and let them have their proper civil war.
Posted by: kevin at June 16, 2005 4:47 AM
Didn't Iraq have its own standing army? With how many divisions? Why did we disband the entire army? How come there seem to be no "trained" potential soldiers in Iraq? Didn't they also have their own police force? What happened, everybody died? It's not as though we're dealing with some primitive, uneducated bunch of savages, you know.
Posted by: MJ at June 16, 2005 5:25 AM
I heard this earlier. It's nice, and motivational, and inspiring, and... a bit suspicious. It's a good piece of PR, but given the track record of this adminstration and the Pentagon, I'm gonna withhold judgment on this. Can you say Tillman? Or Jesse Lynch? Or WMD? Or perhaps "Fulluja is a success"? Or "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED"? I'm sorry, but this administration gets absolutely no benefit of the doubt when it comes to good news, or any news, coming from them. They used that up a long time ago.
Posted by: Bribes at June 16, 2005 6:14 AM
Iraqi and American forces spotted a form huddled beneath a blanket when they raided a home in a dangerous Sunni neighborhood Wednesday. The residents insisted it was their ailing father...
Maybe the residents were coerced, but they don't sound so cooperative to me. I hope you're right, but it sounds like there's a long, long road ahead even if you're right.
Posted by: Mike the Mad Biologist at June 16, 2005 9:48 AM
I'm afraid I have to agree with Kevin, Dave! There is no solution - and the US (and Australian) troops should withdraw immediately.
Posted by: Helga Fremlin at June 17, 2005 2:22 PM
And 'Bribes' also makes a very good point - were we really given all the news re this freeing of Mr Wood?
Posted by: Helga Fremlin at June 17, 2005 2:24 PM
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