This is an e-mail from a U.S. government official who leaves Baghdad soon, after a six-month tour. He tells us the Iraqi-U.S. alliance is winning partly because Abu Musab Zarqawi offers only one alternative: bloodshed.
They can blow themselves up and take innocent people with them, but they can never win the popular support. They are loathed by the Iraqi on the street. To see what kind of government they are capable of producing, one need only look at the Taliban. They're great at forcing men to grow beards or stoning women, but they can't provide basic social services, build roads, educate their children or create employment. Like the Nazis, Soviets and Apartheid before them, they will ultimately fail simply because they are incapable of succeeding. In my lifetime, I have witnessed three great triumphs of the human spirit: the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela walking out of prison and Iraqis defiantly going to the voting booth on January 30th despite the constant threat of death.'
Monday, June 06, 2005
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