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LC’s and G.L.O.R’s, meet Andrew Bolt, an Australian conservative and blogger.

Feel free to drop in on his blog anytime to comment, but mind your manners.

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The war in Iraq has been won

By Andrew Bolt
November 02, 2007

THERE is a reason Iraq has almost disappeared as an election issue.

Here it is: The battle is actually over. Iraq has been won.

I know this will seem to many of you an insane claim. Ridiculous!

After all, haven’t you read countless stories that Iraq is a “disaster”, turned by a “civil war” into a “killing field”?

Didn’t Labor leader Kevin Rudd, in one of his few campaign references to Iraq, say it was the “greatest … national security policy disaster that our country has seen since Vietnam”?

You have. And you have been misled.

Here is just the latest underreported news, out this week.

Just 27 American soldiers were killed in action in Iraq in October - the lowest monthly figure since March last year. (This is a provisional figure and may alter over the next week.)

The number of Iraqi civilians killed last month - mostly by Islamist and fascist terrorists - was around 760, according to Iraqi Government sources.

That is still tragically high, but the monthly toll has plummeted since January’s grim total of 1990.

What measures of success do critics of Iraq’s liberation now demand?

Violence is falling fast. Al Qaida has been crippled.

The Shiites, Kurds and Marsh Arabs no longer face genocide.

What’s more, the country has stayed unified. The majority now rules.

Despite that, minority Sunni leaders are co-operating in government with Shiite ones.

There is no civil war. The Kurds have not broken away. Iran has not turned Iraq into its puppet.

And the country’s institutions are getting stronger. The Iraqi army is now at full strength, at least in numbers.

The country has a vigorous media. A democratic constitution has been adopted and backed by a popular vote.

Election after election has Iraqis turning up in their millions.

Add it all up. Iraq not only remains a democracy, but shows no sign of collapse.

I repeat: the battle for a free Iraq has been won.

Now the task is one familiar to every democracy, and especially any in the Middle East: eternal vigilance.

If you doubt my assessment of Iraq, ask Osama bin Laden.

Al-Qaida’s media arm last week released a video on the internet in which bin Laden - or a man masquerading as him - revealed how disastrously his war against democracy in Iraq was going.

He called for intensified fighting against the Americans and pleaded for Muslims in the region to come help.

“Where are the soldiers of the Levant and the reinforcements from Yemen?” he demanded.

“Where are the knights of Egypt and the lions of Hejaz (in Saudi Arabia)? Come to the aid of your brothers in Iraq.”

Bin Laden even let slip how badly al-Qaida has been mauled by the Sunni sheiks who have stopped fighting the US troops and turned on bin Laden’s killers instead, by pleading for “unity” from the Sunnis and admitting “mistakes” had been made.

Take that as an admission of defeat for the terrorists, and a sign of victory for Iraq and its liberators.

To talk like this will, I know, choke many critics of the war with fury.

How angry so many are to hear good news from Iraq. And how suspicious is their reaction. Don’t we all actually wish for Iraq to be democratic, safe and free from tyranny?

But, they’ll splutter, but, but, but…

I can hear them already.

But the bloodshed in Iraq is terrible! Call that victory?

And, yes, the killings are ghastly. Iraq is nowhere near safe, and our help is still needed to make it so. Yet the violence now does not threaten the country or its government.

Go back to the days when American forces were fighting Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mehdi army for control of Najaf, or al-Qaida and its allies for Fallujah.

Such battles for territory are over. Al-Sadr has maintained a ceasefire for more than two years, and is even part of Iraq’s Government.

American troops are now based in his Shiite heartland of Sadr City, and no Iraqi city is now under terrorist control as Fallujah once was. “Insurgents” rule nowhere.

But we went to war on a lie!

Actually, we went to war to free Iraq from a tyrant who had used weapons of mass destruction, and would not guarantee he would not do so again.

No lie. Job done.

In any case, whatever you may think of the arguments put in 2003, the argument today is whether Iraq will survive as a democracy, and whether we should help it.

The answers must be yes, and yes. Mustn’t they? Hello?

But if Iraq is “won”, why are so many Iraqis still dying?

Because some of the killers are just criminals, or are trying to kill their way to a piece of the action, or are - inevitably after so much cruelty and oppression - settling scores.

Others are agents of Iran, which wants to make America pay and Iraq obey.

And more - and the worst - are fanatics who just want to kill for their creed, and are killing Iraqis as they are killing Pakistanis, Algerians, Egyptians, Israelis and anyone else in the way of their jihad.

Iraq remains an ugly place, with lethal hatreds, yet none of these killers are winning and Iraq will not fall to them.

Consider: Iraq’s official estimate of civilian deaths from violence is now about 25 a day.

In South Africa, with twice the population, the official murder toll is 52 a day. That’s a rate of killing equal to Iraq’s.

Do you think those murders will topple South Africa?

And does anyone say of South Africa that these killings just prove freedom was not worth it?

But how can you call this winning when Iraq’s power supply is terrible, its police untrustworthy, its regions divided over how to share oil revenues, and its borders threatened by Turkey, which wants to hit back at Kurdish terrorists encamped in Iraq’s north?

True, Iraq has plenty of problems. Which Arab country does not? But it will solve them better without Saddam than with.

And perfection is nowhere.

But, but, but … but it wasn’t worth it! See how many died!

And here is the only objection that can be made with integrity.

Yes, people have died, mainly at the hands of fellow Muslims. How many, no one knows.

Perhaps 100,000 since the war in 2003? More?

A ghastly loss, and thank God the killings are at last dwindling.

But Iraq was no Eden under Saddam. If the deaths today are bad, the misery before was worse.

As, of course, was the threat.

The battle for Iraq always involved a grim calculus: would liberation save more people than it killed?

So let’s calculate how many died under Saddam.

In 1980, the dictator invaded Iran, starting a war in which at least 500,000 people died. In 1987, he crushed the Kurds, killing perhaps 100,000 or more.

In 1990, he invaded Kuwait, starting a war that killed more than 23,000.

On his defeat, he killed some 100,000 Shiites who rebelled.

Add the mass executions he ordered, the purges he unleashed, the opposition activists he shot, the terrorist attacks he paid for.

Remember also the children who died, robbed of medicines by his regime.

Add them all up, and even by the most conservative count you see Saddam did not just threaten the West, but cost the lives of more than 100 Muslims a day, every day, for the 24 years of his barbaric rule.

That’s four times more than are being killed in Iraq today, often by Saddam’s heirs and Saddam’s like.

Was Iraq worth it? Yes. It stands, it stays, and the winning of Iraq was worth it, indeed.

23 Responses to “The war in Iraq has been won”
  1. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

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    A well-written, informed and incisive post! This gentleman has seen what Iraq was all about better than most people, and even better than our so-called “leaders”. Mr Bolt’s comments will not be well-received with the leftist press, and many will bring up countless objections to his statements. To be expected, of course, but wow, how will they keep justifying the messages of doom and gloom they are so keen in “reporting” day in, day out? Hats off to Mr Bolt LCs! Here is a man who has told loudly and clearly what the press has been hiding, and IS still hiding. Can’t wait to see your comments my friends!

    And foist!!!

    ThanksLC Brendan!

  2. LC HOGHEAD II Comment by LC HOGHEAD II

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  3. LC Gunsniper Comment by LC Gunsniper

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    Operation Iraqi Freedom was necessary because we weren’t allowed to finish the job properly the first time around during Operation Desert Storm. Fighting a half-assed war only guarantees that another war will be fought. This is a lesson that the phony peaceniks and the spineless politicians refuse to learn or even acknowledge.

  4. Unregistered Comment by emily_nelson

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    it’s not time to bring the troops yet is it?

  5. Unregistered Comment by emily_nelson

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    aarrgghh! It is not time to bring the troops home yet is it?

  6. LCBrendan Comment by LCBrendan

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    No.

  7. Unregistered Comment by stdymphna

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    Let’s bring the troops in Germany home first.

    Probably have to leave those in So Korea stay put.

    Definitely, Germany before Iraq. Sixty years is enough

  8. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

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    Definitely not emily. The war is won, just as WWII was won after Midway in the Pacific and Stalingrad on the Russian front. Didn’t mean there wasn’t still a LOT of fighting and hard times ahead, but the writing was on the wall. It still took commitment to the final outcome, or else it would have been lost and the sacrifices up to that point would have been for naught.

    Same thing now.

  9. ACLPoo Comment by ACLPoo

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    If we could only get rid of that pesky quran, we could make sure the evil doesn’t reproduce.
    Without their propaganda, there is a finite amount of romance involved in ‘fighting the occupiers’. Even the lustiest rageaholic muslim has to stop once in a decade or so and want to actually live life instead of take it. Or so I’m hoping.

  10. hilljohnny Comment by hilljohnny

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    we wont be able to pull out of iraq until they are as stable and supportive as our loyal allies the french and germans….

  11. Elijah Comment by Elijah

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    Mr Bolt’s comments will not be well-received with the leftist press

    He’s their arch nemesis. If you go by what they are saying about Bolt he is the Anti-Christ and wants to usher in the End Times.

  12. Unregistered Comment by rightwingprof

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    Bolt is a daily read. If you’re interested in Aussie blogs, you should also check out Tim Blair.

  13. kayinmaine Comment by kayinmaine

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    The only reason casulties are down is because theres nobody left to kill after Shrub and Blackwater’s genocide!

    Stock market is crashing because George Bush has faked out the masses with, “The economy is great! Oil is low! We are winning in Iraq! Pray to imaginary God in the sky! Who cares if your house is worthless now!”, bullshit.

    I bet you believe the attacks on 9/11 were orchestrated by Osama bin Laden, huh? :lol: Time to catch up! Even the FBI hasn’t listed Osama as a suspect all these years! The attacks went smoothly because Dick Cheney was in charge. It’s what he wanted. Halliburton had been in Iran forever doing business with the enemy and he wanted Iraq’s oil too dammit! He wants all the oil in any country starting with an “I”!

    All the weapons shooting at Americans in Iraq came from Reagan and Bush Sr. Reagan & Bush Sr. were drug dealing down in South America and had death squads to boot!

    By the way, the healthiest state to live in? Vermont. Least healthiest and dead last: Mississippi. Oopsie. The bottom five are all southern states. Sucks being from a red state, where racism is rampant, kids are raped by their daddies, and everyone carries a gun because no one can form words to end a disagreement!

    How many reich wing schools down South care about their kid’s education? None! Honestly, most reich wingers don’t care about education at all….just ask Ron Paul, who’d like to ban the Dept. of Education for all eternity! Hey, if you’re stupid and illiterate, you are a neocon.

    Anything is better than fascism, which is what runs the GOP. 75% of Americans are tired of fascism and crapitalism! We want demand socialism! And we demand it NOW!

  14. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    By the way, the healthiest state to live in? Vermont.

    then you shouldn’t have any problem finding good mental health care. Good luck in your recovery

  15. L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter Comment by L.C. Mope, Imperial Offsetter

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    We want demand socialism! And we demand it NOW!

    And I demand you go get a job and quit trying to put little old ladies with a portfolio out on the street. Why would you want little old ladies that are depending on that distributions from their 401k’s to be forced into poverty?

    To be taken seriously, you socialists need to buy some guns. (I own stock in gun manufacturers)

    For now, you need to get a job.

  16. Unregistered Comment by theshaman

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    kayinmaine:

    I bet you believe the attacks on 9/11 were orchestrated by Osama bin Laden, huh? :lol: Time to catch up! Even the FBI hasn’t listed Osama as a suspect all these years! The attacks went smoothly because Dick Cheney was in charge. It’s what he wanted. Halliburton had been in Iran forever doing business with the enemy and he wanted Iraq’s oil too dammit! He wants all the oil in any country starting with an “I”!

    Okay, kayinmaine. The game’s up. You’re no “truther”. You’re actually a clever right wing satirist doing a masterful parody of the craziest moonbat imaginable. C’mon, I’m right aren’t I? Come clean.

  17. Unregistered Comment by theshaman

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    Shit, sorry about the coding. My post should look like this:

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    I bet you believe the attacks on 9/11 were orchestrated by Osama bin Laden, huh? :lol: Time to catch up! Even the FBI hasn’t listed Osama as a suspect all these years! The attacks went smoothly because Dick Cheney was in charge. It’s what he wanted. Halliburton had been in Iran forever doing business with the enemy and he wanted Iraq’s oil too dammit! He wants all the oil in any country starting with an “I”!

    Okay, kayinmaine. The game’s up. You’re no “truther”. You’re actually a clever right wing satirist doing a masterful parody of the craziest moonbat imaginable. C’mon, I’m right aren’t I? Come clean.

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    Could a friendly mod delete the post above this one.

    (Took care of the original for ya. Management)

  18. Unregistered Comment by LC Elchonon, Imperial Chief of Civil Disobedience

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    By the way, the healthiest state to live in? Vermont. Least healthiest and dead last: Mississippi. Oopsie. The bottom five are all southern states. Sucks being from a red state, where racism is rampant, kids are raped by their daddies, and everyone carries a gun because no one can form words to end a disagreement!

    Actualy vermont is the only state that allowes open and conceald carry without any permit…

  19. Lady Heather Comment by Lady Heather

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    theshaman

    Have we met before? Your smugness is awfully familiar…

  20. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Just another fruitcake Heather…like you, seems familiar. Throwing out nonsense and demands yet…..
    Got news for these socialist neurotics, get your guns, your going to need them. I already have mine…..

  21. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    I don’t know where kay comes from, at least not in theory…..God only knows, jumping all over the map in such a frenzied fashion. I’ve heard it before somewhere………

  22. DдrтH бдкфи Comment by DдrтH бдкфи

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    What’s with all the trackbacks that appear, and make reference to, pointless little one-liners left by drive-by moonbats?

    Blogwhoring lefties, no doubt.

  23. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

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    kayinmaine

    We want demand socialism! And we demand it NOW!

    Careful what you wish for, you just might get it… Socialism is another word for misery. Socialists want everybody “equal” as long as they are in charge. Everywhere socialism was adopted, the net results were equal misery for the lower classes. The ruling elite, on the other hand, never lacked for anything…
    Well, I got news for you. I should enjoy the fruits of my labor and achievements without having to pander to everybody else’s needs they should be providing for themselves. Here in Canada, we have regions which have “benefited” from one form of socialism or another for GENERATIONS. Now, they SIT at home waiting for their government cheques every month with absolutely no intention of EVER getting a job while I show at work every day and pay large amounts of taxes so that they can continue to sit at home. Socialism has created this monster. These people have no pride, no self-esteem, no intention of bettering themselves through work and effort. Under soviet socialism, the very people that were supposed to benefit from the “revolution” were the ones who suffered most. You take your socialism and shove it in that dark and stinky place where you keep your head. I WORKED for what I have, diplomas, certificates, heck, for my pension and my weekly pay cheque. I HAD to put in the necessary efforts and sacrifices to achieve this, not wait for some form of “equality” under socialism. Because my personal feeling is, socialists HATE anyone who can perform better than they do and not bow to their socialist ideas. Take a good long hard look at socialist countries right now, and tell me, do you see a “people’s paradise”? No, you see abject misery and dependancy. There is no “equality” in misery, just misery. Don’t like the capitalist system? Too bad, but yes, it means you have to improve yourself within a system that actually allows said improvement. Socialism would certainly not allow anything of the sort, it would mean some might actually become more educated or qualified than others! Can’t have that huh..? And while we’re on the subject, which commune or collective do you hail from? Nah, didn’t think so…