Incredible as it may seem, the question has been posed:”How are we any better than the nation that we are occupying?”. First and most obviously it is because we are Morally Superior to our enemies. We hold the Moral High Ground because we have been dealt the first blow. Actually, we have been attacked repeatedly for the last 30 years and have barely responded. It took the massacre of nearly 3,000 American civilians and servicemen, live and in color, to provoke us to any meaningful response. And what was that response? Did the Middle East blossom like a gigantic Mushroom Garden? Was the enemy civilian population targeted for incineration as a just and proportional response? No. What actually happened was that America finally shed it’s somnambulism and realized that we were at war with the Caliphate. Our first military ops were targeted at the Taliban Army and the Afghan regime which shielded it. We were Morally Superior to the Taliban because we had developed a culture of freedom that does not treat women as property,does not condone “Honor Killings” of wives, sisters, or daughters,does not stone people to death for their sexual preferences, does not blow up ancient historical artifacts, does not dismember people for perceived social improprieties,does not sponsor terrorist organizations that deliberately target civilians, does not fly airliners into buildings or blow up embassies or discotheques. Once the Taliban were routed we did not behead our prisoners, or drag their mutilated bodies through the streets, or hold them for ransom and terrorise their families. We still maintain a troop presence there to keep the peace and prevent the resurgence of the Taliban, and good Americans die every day in doing so. They are so Morally Superior to their enemies, that any comparison borders on the incomprehensible.
On to Iraq. We did not go to war for oil in Iraq, but to assure the free flow of oil to the Civilized World. We did not go to war out of fear of Saddams WMD, but because his refusal to fulfill his treaty obligations in this matter gave us the Moral Validity to remove the Baathist Regime and replace it with another. We were Morally superior to the Baathists because we did not govern through terror, we did not put people into tree shredders, we did not attack our neighbors repeatedly to steal their oil. We did not utilize rape as a political tool. We did not set Iraq’s oil fields ablaze to create an environmental catastrophe, we did not strafe or use poison gas against our minority populations. We did not pay families to turn their children into human bombs. How did we topple this monstrous regime. Did we drop a couple of Megatons on Baghdad? Did we carpet bomb their economic and civilian structures back to the stone age a-la WWII?. No. We sent young American volunteers to go kill the bad guys and leave the civilians alone. This Moral restraint,this choice to take militarily unnecessary casualties to protect the civilians of a country with which we were at war is what makes us better than our enemies.
The “occupation”. The Caliphate is scared. We now occupy the central position. That is why they are using every means possible to de-stabilize Iraq. These people are nothing more than terrorists and mobsters. We are their Moral Superiors because we do not hide behind our women when we fight. We wear uniforms that clearly mark us as targets, while they, in their cowardly fashion, wear civilian dress because they know that we are loath to kill civilians. Even though we are easy to spot in a foreign land, most of their terror bombings are against their own civilian populations. We are Morally superior to these beasts because we build schools and water treatment facilities while they blow up markets and mosques. We are Morally superior to them because we will fight house to house and room by room to try and kill bad guys and spare non-combatants. In doing so, American soldiers die. They are Morally superior to all of us because they have volunteered to defend civilization against barbarism and have paid the ultimate price for their courage.
The West. Western Civilization is morally superior to the theocracies and thugocracies of the middle east because we believe in individual freedom. We do not believe in”Submission” which is the literal translation of Islam. The west is morally superior because our science, philosophy, economic freedom and belief in equality have created on this planet more wealth, better health, longer life, greater freedom, incredible technologies, and literally lifted Mankind out of the Dark Ages.
Our enemies still live there. They do not have the will to free themselves. That is the difference between us. That is why we are better than our enemies. Let Freedom Ring!!