Thirty killed in car bombings. Today’s news? Yesterday’s? A month ago. Iraq? Algeria? Spain? Israel? I’m trying to figure out why the constant carnage in Iraq has not resulted in some kind of massive response. If the daily bombings were happening in any of the other countries listed above, or in let’s say, any US city, the response would after a few days would be substantial. After a few weeks, if the government had not taken action, the people would. To either send the government packing, or take up their own arms.
I’m trying to figure out why the difference in Iraq. So far I have the following list.
1. The insurgents have no cause, other than to be anti something. There is nothing to unite against.
2. Even though there are religious and ethnic divisions in Iraq, the bombings don’t appear to be specifically targeting any of those groups.
3. The Iraqi people are used to death. Twenty citizens and policemen here, 30 there is not as big a deal as it would be in other places.
4. The Muslim faith is more accepting of death. It is not as tragic as it is for Christians.
5. There is a very deep wellspring of hope that if they keep going forward, there will be a completely new way of doing things and the insurgency will fade away.
6. The people think it is just part of the war, not aimed at them as people.
It is also of no little amusement that the left and the liberal media seem far more upset about the loss of Iraqi lives than they do. If they are willing to keep moving forward in this great experiment, why wouldn’t we be willing to keep giving a bit of our blood and our cash to help them get there?