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March 25, 2005

Ordinary Iraqis Enlisting In WOT

Despite the Iron Curtain that maintains a chokehold over what we see and hear about the war on terror, occasional snippets of good news do manage to slip under the wire. Today, due to the efforts of the Rantingprof I'm able to report one such story:

Ordinary Iraqis rarely strike back at the insurgents who terrorize their country. But just before noon on Tuesday, a carpenter named Dhia saw a troop of masked gunmen with grenades coming toward his shop here and decided he had had enough.

As the gunmen emerged from their cars, Dhia and his young relatives shouldered their Kalashnikov rifles and opened fire, the police and witnesses said. In the fierce gun battle that followed, three of the insurgents were killed, and the rest fled just after the police arrived. Two of Dhia's nephews and a bystander were wounded, the police said.

"We attacked them before they attacked us," said Dhia, 35, his face still contorted with rage and excitement, as he stood barefoot outside his home a few hours after the battle, a 9-millimeter pistol in his hand. He would not give his last name.

"We killed three of those who call themselves the mujahedeen," he said. "I am waiting for the rest of them to come, and we will show them."

Notice the Times' snarky intro. They can't resist telling us what to think: we mustn't allow ourselves to be misled by those pesky facts. But the Iraqis are fed up with the terrorists - they've been fighting back for some time now. Cori tells of an Iraqi village threatened with violence if they voted. They defied the terrorists and voted anyway. What happened next is classic:

We understand that last night the insurgents came back to punish the people of al-Mudhariya, but instead of metering out that punishment the villagers fought back and they killed five of the insurgents and wounded eight. They then burnt the insurgents' car. So the people of that village have certainly had enough of the insurgents.

Reading the mood over at The Mesopotamian, I'd say that's about right:

Anyway, as far as we are concerned; we assure you that revenge will come and those responsible for these horrors will be punished; though the majority of the people are showing the fortitude and patience of early Christians. Because, you see, we know exactly where these criminals are, which tribes they belong to, where are the filthy huts they are living in. We know that these are and have been bandits and murderers from time immemorial. Do you think that those millions who braved the threats and terror and came out to vote in broad daylight cannot overwhelm and obliterate these miserable enclaves of thieves, brigands and murderers in one furious and hurricane-like convulsion; were it were not for strict instruction from their religious leaders to persevere and forbear, for fear that innocents might be hurt, and in order not to be goaded into sectarian conflict and jeopardize our march to democracy and a decent society?

The mood, though, is that of bitterness , pain and sorrow as we watch the bodies of our young people being ferried in wooden carts like the fresh meet of carcasses in a slaughterhouse. Holy anger is swelling up, not only against the perpetrators, but also against all who seek to find excuses, glorify the foul murderers by such appellations as “insurgents” or worst still “resistors” and such like; against the theorists and the “commentators”; against anybody who even shows indifference to such heinous butchery.

Yet the decent majority of Mesopotamia will not bend to anything. The Genie has been released from the bottle and no force on earth can stop him.

These are civilized people, but they are angry. They have had enough, and they are not going to take it anymore. I'd say they're a force to be reckoned with.

Posted by Cassandra at March 25, 2005 09:41 AM

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I would love to see some of these folks unleashed at Black Rock.

Posted by: Purple Raider at March 25, 2005 01:58 PM

Good on them. Well done.

Posted by: Cricket at March 25, 2005 07:39 PM

This what a militia - as envisioned by Washington, Jefferson, et al - is all about. Having people on the spot to defend liberty.

Good for the people of Iraq, and this is good for the spread of democracy - the terrorists are not supermen sent by God, they are jsut thugs and can be stopped by decent people defending themselves.

Posted by: Zendo Deb [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 26, 2005 12:01 PM

Can't wait until Chuck Schummer shows up to tell them why they need stronger gun control laws.

Posted by: RIslander [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 27, 2005 12:00 PM

Deb, I thought it was interesting that they're turning tail and running - typical bullies. They're only brave when they think no one will stand up to them.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 27, 2005 01:13 PM

It was indeed a good day here in Mordor ... we hope to see more of this in the future.

Posted by: Frodo at March 27, 2005 02:23 PM

On a funny note, I was back in Marine country this past week and had the opportunity to talk to some of the young men there ... they had taken mortar fire the previous week and one of them had been scratched in the hand by shrapnel. When his sergeant told him to go to the medics to get it checked out, he refused … the sergeant eventually had to order the guy to get checked out. The reason he didn’t want to go … he didn’t want to be awarded a 'Kerry' Purple Heart!!!

Posted by: Frodo at March 27, 2005 02:26 PM

I got back from an op once in my AFSOC days, with a superficial headwound which looked pretty ghastly, but the round just penetrated skin and exited out the back of my scalp, taking some scalp with it. I wasn't aware of Kerry "purple hearts" in those days, but I refused to go get checked out, 1, because a PJ (qualified to the level of a physician's assistant) had already checked me out in the field and said it was superficial, and 2, I had email to catch up on and didn't relish any medically-oriented delays in that.

Internet addiction stood between me and a Kerry PH LOL...

Posted by: Ciggy at March 27, 2005 03:20 PM

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