Monday, August 22, 2005

Did 2000 American Soldiers Die For Islam?

If it turns out to be true that the new Iraqi government will be based on Sharia law - in other words, we fought a war, spilling much American blood, the result of which is the creation of yet another Shi'ite Islamic Republic (as if the first one isn't bad enough) - my support for the Iraq War ends right there. Like Andy McCarthy at NRO, "this is where I get off the bus."

UPDATE
Amy Welborn is also covering this ground, in reference to a post by Professor Bainbridge at his blog and the responses thereto. Things are bound to get hot over at Amy's before it's all said and done.

UPDATE # 2
From The Guardian:
US relents on Islamic law to reach Iraq deal

Rory Carroll in Baghdad and Julian Borger in Washington
Monday August 22, 2005
The Guardian

The United States has eased its opposition to an Islamic Iraqi state to help clinch a deal on a draft constitution before tonight's deadline.

American diplomats backed religious conservatives who threatened to torpedo talks over the shape of the new Iraq unless Islam was a primary source of law. Secular and liberal groups were dismayed at the move, branding it a betrayal of Washington's promise to advocate equal rights in a free and tolerant society.


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Now, why is it again that we went to war in Iraq? Oh, that's right. So that we could create Iran II. I seem to recall that being the primary justification for this war.

Oh, and how much did establishing this mullah-ocracy cost the United States in terms of lives and money? In terms of opportunity costs?

UPDATE # 3 (8/23/05)
I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea about this post. Despite my dismay at the prospect of another Shi'ite Islamic Republic being established in Iraq, I will go to my grave believing that it was the right thing to do to take out Saddam Hussein and his evil regime. It should have happened at the end of the 1st Gulf War, and certainly by no later than 1998.

My current beef is only with "nation building" that results in Iran II.

2 Comments:

At 8/22/2005 8:26 PM, Blogger Tony said...

When we go in with the pretense of bringing freedom and democracy to the Iraquis, we need to allow them to choose the government we want. Otherwise just admit that we want to make Iraq a US colony.

 
At 8/23/2005 7:49 AM, Blogger Pro Ecclesia said...

I would settle for establishing something that was no worse than what we tore down.

 

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