Whose Side Are You On?
I must relate 2 anecdotes from Jeff Jacoby's column from yesterday. I'll ask the question now: Whose side are you on?
"One anecdote from Mosul," said General Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, when he spoke at the National Defense University earlier this month. "There was a police recruiting station. Forty young men lined up to sign up to become Iraqi policemen. A vehicle-borne IED explodes -- kills or badly injures 12 of them. The next day, the 28 remaining return to the same spot to sign up to be policemen."
And the second one:
From a story reported last year in the Daily Star of Beirut:
"They called all the prisoners out to the courtyard for what they called a 'celebration.' " The speaker is Ibrahim al-Idrissi, head of the Association for Free Prisoners, an organization that documents the deaths of Iraqi political prisoners under the former regime. He is recalling a day in 1982 at a prison in Baghdad.
"We all knew what they meant by 'celebration.' All the prisoners were chained to a pipe that ran the length of the courtyard wall. One prisoner, Amer al-Tikriti, was called out. They said if he didn't tell them everything they wanted to know, they would show him torture like he had never seen. He merely told them he would show them patience like they had never seen.
"This is when they brought out his wife, who was five months pregnant. One of the guards said that if he refused to talk he would get 12 guards to rape his wife until she lost the baby. Amer said nothing. So they did. We were forced to watch. Whenever one of us cast down his eyes, they would beat us."
"Amer's wife didn't lose the baby. So the guard took a knife, cut her belly open and took the baby out with his hands. The woman and child died minutes later. Then the guard used the same knife to cut Amer's throat."
I know...you support the troops and you are against tyranny. Right.
Glenn Reynolds reports:
THE ARAB NEWS editorializes:
It was the voice of the Iraqi people that was being heard yesterday, not the bomb blasts of the terrorists. What little violence there was as millions crowded toward their local polling stations only served to demonstrate how incoherent and pointless are the efforts of the men of violence to change the country through further bloodshed.
Still no NYT editorial extolling the Iraqis for voting under extreme duress. That indicates their side. No?
Per Mark Steyn on PajamasMedia:
Turnout was spectacular. 80% turnout in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. The Sunnis are voting in large numbers. They've figured out that Iraq is a success story, and they want to cut themselves a piece of that success. The only people who don't get it now are Zarqawi, and the spokespersons for the Democratic Party.