The antiwar movement continues to support the Iraqi insurgents despite the abject violence and terrorism they direct against the Iraqi people. Arthur Chrenkoff points to a post by Mike Whitney of the Axis of Logic, extolling the virtues of the Iraqi insurgency and decrying the actions of the American hegemon:
The greatest moral quandary of our day is whether we, as Americans, support the Iraqi insurgency. It's an issue that has caused anti-war Leftists the same pangs of conscience that many felt 30 years ago in their opposition to the Vietnam War. The specter of disloyalty weighs heavily on all of us, even those who've never been inclined to wave flags or champion the notion of American "Exceptionalism" .
For myself, I can say without hesitation that I support the insurgency, and would do so even if my only 21 year old son was serving in Iraq. There's simply no other morally acceptable option.
Mr. Whitney has resolved his moral quandary, but he does not support the insurgents just because they oppose American Neo-colonialism. He views them as a true resistance movement fighting for the future of Iraqis:
At the same time we have to recognize that the disparate elements of Iraqi resistance, belittled in the media as the "insurgency" , are the legitimate expression of Iraqi self-determination.
Independence is not bestowed by a foreign nation; the very nature of that relationship suggests reliance on outside forces. True independence and sovereignty can only be realized when foreign armies are evacuated and indigenous elements assume the reigns of power.
Independence was bestowed upon Germany and Japan after World War II. Both nations still host American armed forces to this day, but never mind. While Mr. Whitney pens his screed, one of the leaders of the insurgency, Abu Asaid Al-Iraqi, the Commander of the military wing of Al-Qaeda in Iraq releases a statement reveling in the death, destruction and carnage caused by a weekend of violence:
"My beloved Sheikh and Amir, I have received your message, in which you asked us not to let night fall on us without having our swords dripping from blood of the enemies of Allah. I have already sent out the best lions of your soldiers to pound the castle of the cross worshippers and their collaborators. Alhamdulillah, the catch was great, American casualties were in the tens, apostate Iraqi casualties were even more, by the Grace of Allah."
O Abu Misaab, we swear by Allah, we will not retreat from the path of Allah, even if our blood runs like rivers, or if our souls are snatched from our bodies, until the word of Allah (His religion and Sharia) is on top and the word of Kufr and Taghut (the system of the unbelievers and the tyrants) is at the bottom. We give you glad tidings: You have soldiers who have already said to America and its allies "If you were up there in the clouds, Allah will carry us to you (to fight you), or will bring you down to us (to fight you). We have nothing for them except the sword."
It should be noted that al Qaeda is a foreign presence in Iraq that is attempting to influence the internal affairs of Iraqis. This simple fact should be obvious to Mr. Whitney or anyone that writes for a web site that presumptuously calls itself the "Axis of Logic" . No doubt Mr. Whitney believes the final line of Abu Asaid Al-Iraqi's rant excludes him and members of the antiwar movement. As useful idiots to al Qaeda, do they believe their blood would be exempt from the sword? Perhaps he is not aware of the death of Marla Ruzicka at the hands of a suicide bomber or the fate of Margaret Hassan, the antiwar aid worker murdered and dismembered by the "freedom fighters" of Iraq.
The message of Mr. Whitney's beloved resistance is so powerful that al Qaeda in Iraq resorts to blackmail to fulfill its needs for suicide bombers:
The man exploded his red Kia sedan roughly 15 feet from a barrier to a coalition base in east Baghdad, Iraq. The car bomb failed to detonate properly and the vehicle caught on fire. Soldiers manning the gate reacted quickly and saved the driver, coalition officials said in a release.
An initial investigation revealed that terrorists had kidnapped the driver's family and that he was forced to carry out this suicide-bombing mission to protect his wife and children, coalition officials said.
No soldiers were injured in the attack. The driver is being treated at a military hospital and is cooperating with authorities.
Coercing native Iraqis is not a new development in the insurgency. Al Qaeda has had no qualms in the past forcing women to act as suicide bombers, paying for Iraqs to kill their own or resorting to the despicable act of convincing a young man with Downs syndrome to carry out a suicide attack. Such is the honorable nature of Mike Whitney's resistance.
Unlike those Iraqis who never had a choice of whether or not to join the insurgency, Mr. Whitney didn't even get drafted. He volunteered. Enthusiastically, and without hesitation.