Monday, January 03, 2005

A little clarification, please. (or maybe not)

At Townhall, Diana West makes the case that President Bush needs to clarify the message on our mission in Iraq:

She points out some confusing numbers from recent polls on the war, and goes on to say we are not fighting an Iraqi insurgency. Rather, Iraq has become the front line in the war against Islamofacism:

[T]he leading force behind the terrorist assault on Iraq is Abu Musab al Zarqawi, who is neither a Ba'athist, nor an Iraqi. He is a Palestinian Arab Muslim from Jordan "who was based in Iran for several years, and who -- when the West Europeans found he was creating a terror network in their countries (primarily Germany and Italy) and protested to the Iranians -- moved into Iraqi Kurdistan with Iranian protection and support, as the moving force in Ansar al Islam."

This makes Zarqawi an emblem for the multinational, Islamo-fascist enemies of Iraqi democracy, which include, according to evidence, Iran and Syria.

She argues that the President needs to make this point to the American people and to the world:

The point is that our troops in Iraq are fighting a wider war on violent, nihilist jihad -- that vital struggle for Western survival known antiseptically as "the war on terror."

She includes a quotation from one of the two recently released French journalists, who should have some credibility when discussing our enemy:

"One of the lessons we drew from our captivity was that we were immersed in Planet Bin Laden," Malbrunot said. "We were very aware that it wasn't the Iraqi agenda that motivated our kidnappers, but the internationalist jihadist agenda."

We are definitely involved in something bigger than just an Iraqi insurgency. Like terrorism, insurgency is a tool Islamofacists are using to wage war against the West, especially the United States of America.

While it's important that Americans (and especially Soldiers) realize the true nature of this war, the President probably has excellent reasons for leaving the US's position a little vague.

He has the support he needs to continue fighting the war right now, and he needs to avoid inflaming the Islamic world. Bin Laden wants the Islamic street to rise to support him in jihad, and while clarifying our enemy in Iraq may win us more support at home, that advantage is outweighed by the risks of inciting Islamic rage.

I think the President knows what he's doing, and as long as he has the support to continue fighting this war, it doesn't matter what the people who don't understand what's going on in the world think about it.