Amir Taheri has another perceptive column on the violence in Iraq and how to stop it. Taheri believes that the ultimate solution lies in getting the Iraqi police and army operational as soon as possible. This is exactly what the coalition is beginning to do – although they need to speed up the ability of the new Iraqi government to begin policing itself rather than placing US soldiers in harm’s way.
The violence in Iraq is continuing as there are daily attacks on US soldiers. The most recent attack claimed another US soldier’s life, this time in As-Sulayka. However, there was one coda to this tragedy worth noting:
The attack wounded three other soldiers from the 1st Armored Division, and an Iraqi bystander helped pull the Americans from their Humvees, saving the life of at least one of them, the U.S. military said.
"One man who worked at a nearby stand helped the soldiers out of the vehicles. That probably saved one soldier’s life," said Ld. Col. John Kem at the scene of the attack.
These things are important as the average Iraqis are not the ones shooting at our soldiers. In fact, the militants are killing Iraqi civilians along with coalition troops – and the Iraqi people are tired of random violence. The Iraqi people are not about to return to the repression of the Ba’athists, and the militants aren’t winning over the Iraqi people. While Gen. Abizaid is right in saying this is a kind of guerilla warfare, it’s hardly another Vietnam. The militants will be brought to justice and the process of rebuilding Iraq will continue.