BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — A suicide bomber in a vehicle killed two U.S. Marines and left four troops unaccounted for when it exploded near their convoy in Falluja, the volatile city west of Baghdad, a U.S. military official said Friday.
Why does the insurgency in Iraq seem to be gaining in determination, instead of fading away? The majority of Iraqi's expressed a clear desire for democracy in their historic election.
There are at least two reasons that come to mind. One is instigation by Syria and Iran. American success is not in their interest so they will do what they can to hinder our progress.
The second reason lies at home. There is a rift between supporters of the war and those against it. Republicans largely back the President and support the war. Democrats largely oppose the the war and do so persistently and vocally. Democratic opposition ranges from calling for withdrawal from Iraq to comparing American troop behavior to Nazis and Stalinists.
When Al Jazeera reports the dissent by some American political leaders the insurgents gain hope that they can drive us out. Coming to a conclusion that increased attacks on American troops will further weaken the US's determination to win is reasonable to assume.
One might wonder why the Democrats would engage active and vocal opposition to the war when it would be over more quickly and fewer lives would be lost if we showed the world a unified front. It appears they have put their political aspirations ahead of the country's interests.
By giving hope to the insurgents, Durbin, Kennedy and Pelosi for example appear to be unwitting assistants to the insurgency. Though they claim to be patriotic Americans, and in their minds they no doubt are, the net effect of their opposition is more dead American soldiers.