An Iraqi Feels Betrayed by the American and European Left
Nassir Flayih Hasan is a poet. An Iraqi poet. He lives in Iraq and has lived life under Saddam Hussein, lived through the American-lead war to remove him, and lives in Iraq still today.
He has written his stark observations of peace activists and anti-war journalists for Front Page Magazine in an atricle titled "How the Left Betrayed My Country - Iraq" and it is a must-read. He is stunned by the obstinance and anger of so-called peace-loving Leftists:
"And so I have become disillusioned, at least with the Leftists I met in Iraq."
How has he become so disillusioned?
He encouters a Dutch journalist from Europe who was in Iraq during the war. The exchange is revealing:
Soon afterwards, I met a Dutch woman on Mutinabi Street, where booksellers lay out their wares on Friday morning. I asked her how long she’d been in Iraq and, through a translator, she answered, “Three months.”
“So you were here during the war?”
“Yes!” she said. “To see the crimes of the Americans!”
I was stunned. After a moment, I replied, “What about the crimes of the regime? It killed millions of Iraqis. Do you know that if the regime was still in power, the conversation we’re having now would result in our torture or death?”
Her face turned red and she angrily responded, “Soon will come the day that the Americans will do worse.” She then went on to accuse me of not knowing what the true facts were in Iraq—and that she could see the situation better than me!
That is just one of several exchanges he references. It brings him and Iraqis like him to a realization:
After those, and many other, experiences, we finally comprehended how little we had in common with these “peace activists” who constantly decried American crimes, and hated to listen to us talk about the terrible long nightmare that ended with the collapse of the regime. We came to understand how these “humanitarians” experienced a sort of pleasure when terrorists or former remnants of the regime created destruction in Iraq—just so they could feel that they were right, and the Americans wrong!
Nassir's writing is an incredible read that you will not forget. If you harbor any doubts about whether or not Iraqi's support what America is doing, you should listen to this man. No, he is not all of Iraq. But by the same token, neither is al-Zarqawi and his small (relative to the Nassir's of Iraq) band of demons.
Nassir is no blind cheerleader for America. He recognizes that America is not there merely out of benevolent goodness to free his country, but as a battle in the war against the terrorists. Yet he also recognizes that it is America that is bringing his country closer to democracy and freed them from a brutal, brutal regime. One that the Left, to Nassir's shock, would have preferred left in place for him to deal with...all in the name of 'Peace'.
Thank you for your words, Nassir.