Skip to comments.BYE-BYE, BABYLON EXITING IRAQ'S CITIES, VICTORIOUS
Posted on 06/30/2009 3:13:48 AM PDT by Scanian
OUR effort in Iraq passed a major milestone today: Our troops are leaving the cities.
Advisers remain in place. Joint patrols will still occur. And our forces will wait nearby to respond to Iraqi calls for support. But the last of the bases and US-only outposts within Iraq's urban centers will be vacated.
Terrorists have already begun testing the new security arrangements. Iraqi forces won't always pass with flying colors.
Yet this situation seemed a pipe dream not so long ago: Iraq's security forces, serving an elected government, assume primary responsibility for the good order of their own country.
We all recall the delighted leftist claims that Iraq had entered a hopeless civil war. Wrong. That Iraqis preferred al Qaeda to us. Wrong. That Shia militias represented the people. Wrong. And that Iran would seize control. Wrong again.
Looking back over six years of good intentions, tragic errors, generosity, arrogance, partisan vituperation, painful deaths and ultimate vindication, two things strike me: the ever-resisted lesson that human affairs are more complex than academic theories claim, and the simple truth that most human beings prefer a measure of freedom to immeasurable repression.
Now the symbolism of our troops withdrawing from Iraq's cities is richer than Washington grasps. Mesopotamia created urban culture: Ur, Babylon, Nineveh and countless lesser-known sites are where humans first worked out ways to live together in close quarters in large numbers. The coming wave of terror will strike cities that make Baghdad seem a youngster.
The "cradle of civilization" is rising from the grave again.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
Except for the four Americans killed there today. Let’s hope Hussien hasnt allowed defeat to intrude on victory. But what does he care, his concern is Hondurus where his left wing kook budy is trying to engineer a coup to return to power.
Regular readers of this weblog and my books know that Bible prophecy says the ancient city of Babylon, Iraq will be rebuilt and become the greatest center of wealth, commerce and power in the last days of history. The books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Revelation are explicit on this subject. Skeptics and cynics abound, to be sure, but the fact is Babylon is being rebuilt right now, in part with U.S. taxpayer funds. Iraqi leaders hope that eventually millions of tourists will come to visit, and real progress is being made. Consider todays edition of Stars & Stripes, a U.S. military publication. They have a fascinating story this morning headlined: U.S., Iraqi experts developing plan to preserve Babylon, build local tourism industry.
With hussein... no defeat... he will surrender.
I read this and other articles. What was noticeably missing was any element of “thanks” on the part of the Iraqi’s. Maybe the reporters missed it.....
I think that the “Victory” of which they speak is one that the Iraqi’s think they achieved over us.
An excellent read. Thank you US troops and coalition partners. Hearts and minds take time to change. Iranian youth are realizing that freedom is possible. It may take 50 years for the region to get there but I am hopeful that it will. It may not look like our democracy (but in these times, I’m not so sure what ours looks like), but the fate of the country is in the Iraqi people’s hands now, not some bloody dictator.