Gunfight at the al-Quaeda Corral

I just saw a news wire story about Zawahri calling Bush a lying failure, and it made me think that it could not get much more obvious that military presence and action by the U.S. is exactly what al-Quaeda wants. I mean, they surely know their principal opponent by now, if there was ever any uncertainty at all. This comment will add a nice dampening affect to any intellectual analysis that might be creeping in.

And then I remembered the video for “When Two Tribes Go to War“, which might suggest a solution. Instead of a wrestling match, though, we could send Bush II, Rumsfeld, Cheney, et al, down to Tombstone Iraq to tell al-Quaeda to get out, and then wait for the gunfight to end.

On Day to Day this afternoon, they talked to an 18-year-old high school student who had recently enlisted in the Army, because she wants to be a doctor. The possibility of death in Iraq? No, she doesn’t know — and doesn’t want to know — how many Americans have died there; it really doesn’t matter, because she’s “a strong believer in God”, and if it’s a person’s “time to go”, well, there’s nothing to be done about it. Her initial plan with her recruiter doesn’t have her slated for shipping out, but it might not be long until she joins many like-minded individuals in the desert in a philosophy that unites people across lines of conflict.

Biden was on To the Point this morning, calling for a three-state, federalism solution for Iraq (Kurds, Sunnis, Shiites), which is what I’ve thought should happen for a while now — not that I’m anything like an authority, but I’d much rather see my tax dollars going to try this strategy than our current one, whatever it is.

Author: Gary

Writer and editor living in Seattle.