"The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it."
-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
That's what I like to see. Though I guess the flag was lowered later on, and the Iraqi flag put back. That's good also--this isn't a war of domination, and we don't want to replace their flag. What we want to do is make their flag stand for something other than terror.
So, where are we? We're going in from the south, west and possibly even the north. We've liberated quite a few cities. This story nearly brought tears to my eyes:
U.S. Marines hauled down giant street portraits of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) in a screeching pop of metal and bolts Friday, telling nervous residents of this southern Iraqi town that "Saddam is done."
Milling crowds of men and boys watched as the Marines attached ropes on the front of their Jeeps to one portrait and then backed up, peeling the Iraqi leader's black-and-white metal image off a frame. Some locals briefly joined Maj. David "Bull" Gurfein in a new cheer.
"Iraqis! Iraqis! Iraqis!" Gurfein yelled, pumping his fist in the air.
Yup. That's what it's about, at this point. In the end, yes, it's about American safety, but to get that, we need a free, peaceful Iraq.
No more word from Saddam... Iraq is claiming that he's safe, but their also claiming that we haven't captured any towns and that no one has surrendered. More disturbingly, Iraqi officials are promising to ignore the Geneva Convention if they capture any American troops, claiming that they will be treated as "mercenaries and war criminals on whom international laws are not applied." Yeah, piss off America, that's brilliant. All Iraqis are lucky that this war isn't being fought out of anger, but if they start torturing anyone, it will be, and it will be ugly. I don't know that we'll have to worry very much about troops being captured, but we'll see.