Bush’s Speech Got Me Thinkin’

by Ryan on November 11, 2005

in Politics

THANK YOU to President Bush for taking back some of the mo’ in favor of our troops and the War on Terror!!! Great speech! Attacking our critics for “rewriting history.” As a history teacher myself, I love hearing someone tell it like it is with legitimate historical persepective on their side.
Bush was quite clear about the intentions of our enemy in his speech today:

  • “Zawahiri writes that the terrorists, quote, “must not have their mission end with the expulsion of the Americans from Iraq.” He goes on to say the jihad requires several incremental goals — expel the Americans from Iraq, establish an Islamic authority over as much territory as you can to spread its power in Iraq, extend the jihad wave to the secular countries neighboring Iraq.”

Yet, something insidious crept into my mind after hearing this and thinking about the events in Jordan yesterday. I was watching FOX (duh) and they had Monsoor Ijaz, a Pakistani with unique insights, on to comment. He holds that IRAN is not only funding and encouraging Iraq’s insurgency, but is aiding and abetting senior al Qaeda/Taliban officials displaced by the Afghan War.
So I did some googling about IRAN just for fun. I found something of interest:

  • “Khomeini’s death in 1989 ultimately led to the waning of what was perhaps the Islamic revolution’s most profound achievement-the unification of religious and state authority in the person of the Supreme Leader. In a clear deviation from the philosophy of the revolution, the clerical regime gave Iranian national interests primacy over Islamic doctrine, and power gradually moved from theologians to revolutionary “religio-politicians.”
    From the executive summary of: Revolution at a Crossroads: Iran’s Domestic Politics and Regional Ambitions (1997)
    http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC04.php?CID=28>

To me, IRAN seems to be the one country that stands to gain anything from the establishment of a caliphate in Iraq. It seems to me that Zarqawi, Zawahiri, Bin Laden, and IRAN are basically on the same page: defeat US in Iraq, set up a puppet state in the name of “Islam”, and spread the revolution. As the IRAN piece notes, IRAN‘s not really in it for the Islam, they’re in it for the power and control. As President Bush noted today, the current enemy is like the old Communists: it’s not about the people to these nuts, it’s about power.

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Mike November 11, 2005 at 4:18 pm

Monsoor Ijaz (sp?) should be required reading. I’ve yet to read any of his material, but I have heard him on Laura Ingraham. He has a wealth of knowledge about the region in that head of his. I wish the media would get some information from him. Then again, they’d omit it from the reports anyway so never mind.

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