The greatest moral quandary of our day is whether we, as Americans, support the Iraqi insurgency. It’s an issue that has caused anti-war Leftists the same pangs of conscience that many felt 30 years ago in their opposition to the Vietnam War. The specter of disloyalty weighs heavily on all of us, even those who’ve never been inclined to wave flags or champion the notion of American “Exceptionalism”.
For myself, I can say without hesitation that I support the insurgency, and would do so even if my only 21 year old son was serving in Iraq. There’s simply no other morally acceptable option.
…we have to recognize that the disparate elements of Iraqi resistance, belittled in the media as the “insurgency”, are the legitimate expression of Iraqi self-determination.
We should be clear about our feelings about the war and the occupation. The disparate Iraqi resistance is the legitimate manifestation of a national liberation movement. Its success is imperative to the principles of national sovereignty and self-determination; ideals that are revered in the Declaration of Independence.
Where to start. First, this is assuming that the insurgency is home brewed. And ignoring the fact that the majority of the Iraqi people have been trying to free themselves from Saddam’s regime for decades. The insurgency represents foreign powers and parts of the minority Sunnis that supported Saddam and don’t like the fact that the majority of the country will not determine its future.
It’s insane that ones hatred of American policy turns into a hatred of the attempts by untold hundreds of thousands (millions) to free themselves only to be slaughtered and buried in mass graves.