Tuesday, November 22, 2005Time To Go
Because when it's time to go, it's time to go... and by god, it's time to go.
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Leaders of Iraq's sharply divided Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis called Monday for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces in the country and said Iraq's opposition had a ``legitimate right'' of resistance.
The participants in Cairo agreed on ``calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops according to a timetable, through putting in place an immediate national program to rebuild the armed forces ... control the borders and the security situation'' and end terror attacks.
In Egypt, the final communique's attempt to define terrorism omitted any reference to attacks against U.S. or Iraqi forces. Delegates from across the political and religious spectrum said the omission was intentional. They spoke anonymously, saying they feared retribution.
``Though resistance is a legitimate right for all people, terrorism does not represent resistance. Therefore, we condemn terrorism and acts of violence, killing and kidnapping targeting Iraqi citizens and humanitarian, civil, government institutions, national resources and houses of worships,'' the document said.
See that? The Iraqis -- by which I mean the government that we propped up -- have asked us nicely to leave. And in case the hint isn't pointed enough, they've spelled out for us that from now on, any attacks on our soldiers will formally not be considered terrorism, but attacks on Iraqis might be. (In case you're not getting the full implication, insurgents = not terrorists; American soldiers = terrorists.) Bush said that if we were asked to leave, we would... so now it's time to go. There's really no further room for equivocation; it was a hell of a party, but now it's over. The house has been trashed, blown up, then burned to the ground; and our little demonstration of our commitment to racial unity by burning and/or melting that funny-looking brown skin off of Iraqi civilians (hey, man, we're all raw, bloody red on the inside) has ended in failure. Somebody's got to start cleaning up this mess, and with the Bush administration still drunk with power and trying to pick fights with the neighbors, it's obviously not going to be us. Go home, America; sleep it off. We can only imagine the shock you're in for when you wake up tomorrow afternoon and find the rotting corpses of Uday and Qusay in bed next to you. As for Iraq, there's a cadre of militant Muslim fundamentalists waiting outside, ready to perform an intervention, and they've come bearing enough burqas for every woman in Iraq.
After all the corners we've turned, this is the first one that seems to actually suggest a new direction in the war -- after Murtha, and now this, the shift in tone is palpable. Will we leave a gaping wound in the country once we leave? Oh yes, no question. But then, we stuck the knife in in the first place -- saying we didn't know that there would be so much blood involved makes us either idiots or liars, or both. The debate about whether the war is worth it is over -- it's not, and it never was. Only the most deluded deny that now. The only practical question left to answer is, what are we going to do now? We can do this the easy way, or the hard way -- so what's it going to be, America? |