Sunday, February 11, 2007

Bad Tactics Too

In my view, the war in Iraq is an unjust war. The goal of preventing another terrorist attack on the United States simply just not justify the cost of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi casulties, let alone all the other costs.

Many people believe that the US must defend itself against terrorism in the Middle East, but this is also a mistake at that tactical level.

  • Deciding to defend the United States in Iraq is unwise. The US is fighting where it is vulnerable and where the enemy is strongest. This is asymmetrical war at its worst. A wise tactician chooses to fight where the enemy is weak and his defense is strong. Defending the US in the US is relatively easy. Defending the US in Iraq is fraught with difficulties.
  • When choosing allies, the US generally chooses the wrong allies. In the 1960s, the US was supplying Iran with weapons. Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein both got started as clients of the US. The US is currently strengthening Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia, but these will prove to be fickle allies. The US is feeding the hand that will eventually bite it.
  • Even if the US is able to win the war and establish democracy in Iraq, that government will eventually turn against the US. Empires create enemies. The US is simplify creating and arming another enemy for the future.
  • The Islamic nations in the Middle East are hopelessly divided. Not just Sunni and Shia, but also at the national level. By invading Iraq, the US has united these divided forces.
  • The weakest aspect of Islam is its reputation for using warfare to win converts. The use of force by the US to defend Christianity gives them an excuse and justification. They see this as Christians using war to win converts.
  • Dan 11:12 says that by invading Iraq, the US will stir up" the entire Middle East.
  • Most of the people in the Middle East are cultural Moslems, very like nominal Christians in the west. The radicals are a small minority, but every time the US bombs are house, kill civilians or knock down the door of a family home, the radical movement grows.

1 comment:

Gene Redlin said...

* Deciding to defend the United States in Iraq is unwise. The US is fighting where it is vulnerable and where the enemy is strongest. This is asymmetrical war at its worst. A wise tactician chooses to fight where the enemy is weak and his defense is strong. Defending the US in the US is relatively easy. Defending the US in Iraq is fraught with difficulties.
How long would the USA put up with collateral casualties on US soil when they come to attack before the Nukes come out. Not Long. If we are going to avoid global Nuclear war, fight them there. And, if you saw the mess the USA is at even trying to defend it's border with Mexico you would see quickly we are no where close to being ready to fight here.

* When choosing allies, the US generally chooses the wrong allies. In the 1960s, the US was supplying Iran with weapons. Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein both got started as clients of the US. The US is currently strengthening Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia, but these will prove to be fickle allies. The US is feeding the hand that will eventually bite it.
As opposed to what, Fighting without any entry on the ground? Yes they might bite us later or maybe like Japan and Germany they won't. One thing for sure, we are better fighting with them and hoping for the best than coming in as the imperial force and making it even worse.


* Even if the US is able to win the war and establish democracy in Iraq, that government will eventually turn against the US. Empires create enemies. The US is simplify creating and arming another enemy for the future.
IF democracy is established in Iraq, particularly a converting Iraq (there is some significant evidence of an explosion of Christianity in Iraq), we have a chance of creating a beachhead for freedom. A beacon of hope in a dark place. That's even biblical. Your pessimism is unfounded. Hope is what we have, it's all we have. Hope as South Korea is to North Korea, Hope as Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan were to China. A symbol.

* The Islamic nations in the Middle East are hopelessly divided. Not just Sunni and Shia, but also at the national level. By invading Iraq, the US has united these divided forces.
Maybe. or maybe not. I'm not convinced that the Saudi Arabians, Yemen, UAE, and Egyptians are united with Iran and it's imperialistic ventures. In fact I'm real sure they aren't. This may in fact have drawn lines of difference.

* The weakest aspect of Islam is its reputation for using warfare to win converts. The use of force by the US to defend Christianity gives them an excuse and justification. They see this as Christians using war to win converts.
Not using the war to win converts, but allowing the bankruptcy of Islam to be illustrated and causing people to begin to question what they were taught. We have NEVER had a spiritual beachhead like we do today. This is and was a war of the Prophetic.


* Dan 11:12 says that by invading Iraq, the US will stir up" the entire Middle East.
That MAY be a good thing. Leaving it alone and dead would have been a mistake.

* Most of the people in the Middle East are cultural Moslems, very like nominal Christians in the west. The radicals are a small minority, but every time the US bombs are house, kill civilians or knock down the door of a family home, the radical movement grows.
This is true enough. But it doesn't mean we can't dig into the core of what Islam really is. It's time to knock the props out from under this dark system.

Ron, you and I probably agree on nearly everything theologically. I'm actually amazed at your position on the war. But, I have a good friend in Europe who is a believer and full of the Holy Ghost who might share your opinion. I think this isn't and can't be real unless you are an American and sense there is a large bulls eye painted right on your chest.

As one from a relatively safe place it must be hard to comprehend. Good and honest brothers in Christ probably will have to disagree on this one.

It's all pretty abstract for you, for us it's a daily sense of struggle against an evil that wants to kill us all, and has already tried.