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“And we’ll be waiting for you”

Posted by Atilla89 on July 24, 2008

This was the piece of graffiti scrawled beneath a sign reading “We’ll be back” written by a retreating terrorist (liberal speak: militant) from Basra, Iraq. This is just another sign that the city is finally shaking off its unwanted terrorists and embracing the new Iraq. Hat tip to Tim Blair.

The Shia militias, the Jaish al- Mahdi, who controlled large parts of Basra until March this year, has now gone and instead the city is firmly under the grip of Iraq’s new security forces, in whom the coalition has invested so much training. They re-established control in April, in an operation romantically named “The Charge of the Knights”, systematically clearing the city with British and American support, confiscating illegal weapons and arresting the violent gangs whose combination of criminality and vicious extremism was making life a misery for so many of Basra’s people.

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Iraqi Police in Basrah

Just as important as this is the fact that Basra has the potential to do well. Indeed:

‘…as one Basrawi businessman put it to me this week, to be a “Dubai, not a Mogadishu”. What they want and need now are international partners.’

The city itself has the resources, they have both oil and natural gas. As well as this, they have a great location situated on the Shatt al-Arab waterway near the Persian Gulf.

This is what happens when the Coalition stays the course. This is why I don’t understand why previously everybody’s favourite “Obamessiah”, decided that even with the benefit of hindsight, he wound not support the surge strategy back when it was still in debate.

Q: If you had to do it over again, knowing what you know now, would you support the surge?

A: No, because, keep in mind that…

Q: You wouldn’t?

And then have the nerve to continue flip-flopping on the issue. Stay the course!

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