Moving the debate on Iraq forward


by Sunny
18th September, 2005 at 12:22 am    

Yes we were lied to about going to war. Yes thousands and thousands of people in Iraq have been killed since the American invasion (not forgetting the thousands that SH murdered) etc etc. But I think it’s important for anti-war people to also move the debate forward.

The Times puts the argument well in an article today, (via Harry’s Place).

The issue now, regardless of the debate over the original decision to depose the Baathist regime, is whether democracy in Iraq is a cause deemed worthy of support, one to be treated with indifference, or even despised as an exercise in “liberal imperialism”. The stakes, which were already very high, have been raised by the public declaration of the terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his “al-Qaeda in Iraq” that they intend to conduct an “all-out war ” against the Shia majority (and by implication the Kurdish minority as well). This sadistic boast has been followed by a savage and shameless campaign of suicide bombings.

Given the recent attacks in Iraq aimed more at locals than Americans, the idea that most of the insurgents are still home-grown and trying to throw off occupation looks increasingly remote…


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  1. Arif — on 19th September, 2005 at 7:36 pm  

    I think Moqtada al-Sadr has taken the debate further, by calling on the Sunni clerics to make it clear that Islam has no place for such sectarianism.

    And this is what we also need in the UK. For Muslims of all sects to agree at least on the comon points that they will not denounce or fight one another as kafirs, but leave it to God to judge, and that we must do justice ourselves to those in our power before we feel entitled to claim justice from others.

    Without fighting one another, would we not have more strength? Without oppressing others, would we not have a clearer conscience in claiming justice from others? Theologians who want to improve our souls through sectarianism can at least then be clearly distinguished from those who do not.

    Sadly I think that fears of imperialism means that the most justice-oriented theologians are assumed to be in the pay of the west by most Muslims, and assumed to be slyly hiding their intentions to stone unveiled women by many non-Muslims. Maybe some are.

    Nonetheless we should do this for our own sakes, however unpopular it makes us with the mass media and with political movements.

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