Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Democratic Leadership Council: What To Do Now In Iraq

From the DCL Website via
While the Bush Administration has committed a long series of mistakes in the aftermath of the removal of Saddam Hussein, America must remain committed to success in Iraq. A failed state in Iraq would destabilize the entire region, hand our jihadist enemies a major victory and result in a devastating blow to our national security credibility and interests. But the right course now is neither to give the terrorists a victory by withdrawing, nor to continue Bush's failed policies. We urge progressives to place maximum pressure on the administration to reverse its mistakes and pursue a new strategy linked to clear benchmarks for success in Iraq and in the broader war on terror.
And further down the page among their suggestions it's nice to note they realize we're fighting "ethinic cleansing" i.e. Genocide. How can they tolerate Democratics who don't understand this?
We should formally push for indictment of chief terrorist Zarquawi for crimes against humanity in Iraq, drawing worldwide attention to the vicious anti-Shi'a ethnic cleansing campaign that characterizes the insurgency. All these steps are politically feasible, but there's no evidence the administration is taking them.
Finally they have the good sense to close with Blair's recent speech at the opening of the Labor Part Conference,
"This is a global struggle. Today it is at its fiercest in Iraq. It has allied itself there with every reactionary element in the Middle East. Strip away their fake claims of grievance and see them for what they are: terrorists who use 21st century technology to fight a pre-medieval religious war that is utterly alien to the future of humankind."
Wish Obama would pay attention to the DLC. A global struggle with a foe utterly alien to the future of humankind deserves a kind of seriousness we don't hear from the Democratic leadership. Even the ones flashing accross the top of the DLC's website. They ought to start quoting their webpage.

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