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Tuesday, July 05, 2005  

Conservative Bias Not Helpful Either

Those of us on the Right who are hoping and expecting our missions in Afghanistan and Iraq to succeed need to seriously examine the bad news, also, and I don't mean the violence that the Left and MSM focuses on.

I mean the cultural problems with Islam and Arabs, Persians, etc.

For example, while Basra in Iraq has been relatively safe and peaceful for the most part, we are ignoring what is actually happening there which is reminiscent of Iran.

Physicians have been beaten for treating female patients. Liquor salesmen have been killed. Even barbers have faced threats for giving haircuts judged too short or too fashionable.

Religion rules the streets of this once cosmopolitan city, where women no longer dare go out uncovered.

"We can't sing in public anymore," said Hussin Nimma, a popular singer from the south. "It's ironic. We thought that with the change of the regime, people would be more open to singing, art and poetry."

Unmarked cars cruise the streets, carrying armed, plain-clothed enforcers of Islamic law. Who they are or answer to is unclear, but residents believe they are part of a battle for Basra's soul.

While eager to distance themselves from the militias, Shiite religious parties now control both the streets and the council chambers. And though Basra has not suffered the same level of bombings and assassinations as major cities to the north, the trade-off for law and order appears to be a crackdown on social practices and mores that were permissible under the secular, if repressive, regime of Saddam.

A few weeks ago, the Basra police chief acknowledged he'd lost control of his 13,000-man force to Shiite militiamen who have joined up. He was removed from his job.

The militiamen carry out political assassinations and dole out punishment for alleged religious infractions, residents say.

The Badr militia's most important job is setting an example of virtuous conduct, said Furat Sharza, a representative of SCIRI.

"Badr people can educate others," Sharza said. "The role of Badr in Basra — whether in security or other area — is big, vital."

Isn't that nice. Tell me again why we didn't kill Badr when we had the chance? And how much are we hearing about these "problems" in any press, let alone the conservative side? These are the kind of events which put the lie to Bush's idealism about exporting democracy to people whose souls are crying out for freedom.

Because in Warlordville, the people never get a chance to assert themselves since they have no Washingtons, Adamses, of Jeffersons.

Every generation proves to us once again that our Glorious Revolution was a unique experience. It was the only conservative revolution in history in that people fought like tigers to preserve what they had, not what they only dreamed of.

People fight much more strenously for what they already possess rather than for an ideal or a dream. What are the Arabs going to fight about for themselves? What rallies them? Only Islam itself and a tribal culture present themselves as durable to the leaders of such people.

I am doubtful that such cultures can ever be reformed. They can only be annihilated or forced to change at the point of a gun such as wielded by a secularist Saddam (who couldn't change the tribal structures but relied them).

posted by Mark Butterworth | 10:12 AM |