The Zionist Conspiracy
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Oslo and Iraq
During the Oslo process, I was angered and outraged by the lack of integrity of those on the political left who insisted on support for continued concessions to Yasser Arafat and the PLO, even as suicide bombings became frequent and Arafat took no action against Hamas, instead shielding their leaders from the IDF. It was obvious to me that the Oslo supporters simply could not accept and admit that their (perhaps) noble experiment had been a terrible failure.
While the analogy is not a perfect one, something similar is now happening with respect to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Most of those who supported the invasion and occupation refuse to acknowledge how disastrous the situation has become. U.S. soldiers are being sent on one long tour of duty after another, with higher and higher chances of returning dead or seriously wounded.
I am not calling for a withdrawal from Iraq. What I am calling for is for the Bush Administration to publicly take responsibility for the current fiasco, and to articulate to American citizens what its goals in Iraq are and how it intends to reach those goals.
Until President Bush admits the mistakes that have resulted in so many dead and maimed American soldiers, those who initially supported the Iraq war have a moral duty to criticize him. As difficult as it may be to find oneself appearing to be on the same side as the anti-war/anti-U.S./anti-Israel extremists, our obligations to the soldiers protecting this country require us to speak candidly about our government's failings toward those soldiers.