Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A Surge in Troop Level

President Bush has decided to increase in troop levels.
President Bush said this is a new strategy ... we'll see.

One of the criticism that the reason the US is losing is because they are using the same strategy as they did in Vietnam. They move in, clear it, move out, then the 'insurgent' move back in. Now, they say, they will stay longer, give the time for the Iraqis to 'stabilize' themselves ... for how long, who knows.

While our young men sacrifice their lives hoping to secure the peace, Bush too should learn to secure the peace by making peace with his adversaries, or at least, he should attempt to. If he can learn to make peace, he could potentially save a lot of lives, because it's his decision that put many lives at risk. And the first step is stop labeling his adversaries bad names, stop fueling their hatred.

It's true that Osama bin Laden then and Zarqawi more recently have called their people to rise up against the US. It's true that there has been many suicide bombers causing great harm when they blow themselves up. It's true that they have armed themselves, and can potentially cause great harm. We shouldn't ignore them, we should pay attention, and we should take care not to inflame them, and worsen the situation. If possible, we should listen to their cries.

The world is becoming dangerous because of these weapons. When people get angry, they'll try to communicate first, but if they feel ignored, with weapons in hand, they often use that to get their message across. The increase in violence is not just in the world over there, it's also in our cities. We need to learn to listen so they don't feel to need to turn to violence to get their message across.

And with Bush's reluctance to 'talk and listen' to the 'other' side, and makes the decision to solve things the 'military' way, our young men's lives will continue to be at risk.

I hope and pray for a good outcome in Iraq. Let us visualize a good outcome for Iraq ... that they achieve peace and stability.


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