Another setback for jihadists and their supporters everywhere. GREAT!
Kevin Ferris writes:
As I rewatched the movie Obsession – Radical Islam’s War Against the West recently, a few things jumped out, including these quotes from various Arab media outlets:
“America is the foremost enemy of the Muslim nation . . .”
“They have come to fight the people of Iraq . . .”
“The Americans must understand that when they attack the holy places, they attack all the Muslims of the world.”
The film also showed propaganda videos from Iran, which included shots of U.S. forces kicking in doors, missiles being launched, Arab children crying, Muslims running with their wounded. Interspersed throughout were images of a smiling President Bush.
None of this was particularly original. What stood out, though, was the realization that since this movie was released in 2006, the United States had actually increased troop levels in Iraq, had redoubled efforts to rout al-Qaeda there. If anything, Bush had given propagandists more fuel to inflame the anti-American Arab street.
Rather than our forces’ driving Iraqis into the arms of the radicals, the reverse happened.
It seems Iraqis have decided that al-Qaeda, not America, is the “foremost enemy.” That al-Qaeda, not America, had come to fight the people of Iraq. That al-Qaeda, not America, was the enemy of Muslims and their holy places.
Does this mean Iraqis want America encamped there forever? Of course not. Or that innocent life hasn’t been lost as the result of U.S. actions? No.
But what irony. In the heart of the proposed capital of the radical Islamist caliphate, the antidote to jihadi propaganda has actually been exposure to the courage, decency and values of U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.
Over the last five years, Iraqis have had the chance to see both sides in action: terrorists, extremists and militias that slaughter civilians at every opportunity vs. Americans who go out of their way to protect innocents, to help provide basic services, to rebuild communities.
Looking at those two contrary models, many Iraqis have thrown in with the Americans. Their reward? Decreasing levels of violence, a virtual end to the civil war, a certain level of protection against homicidal radicals, and the chance to put their country and lives back together.
Read the rest of this good news here.