Rebuilding after war takes time
This article from the Washington Times in 2003 still has something to say to the critics of our efforts in Iraq today.
"It shouldn't come as a shock that rebuilding Iraq will be, as many are predicting, long and costly. The same was true when Americans led the massive reconstruction efforts of Germany and Japan after World War II and South Korea in the 1950s.
A half-century later, "We still have troops in Korea, and we still have a large presence in Germany," said Blair Haworth, a historian with the U.S. Army Center of Military History. "
The article brings up points that are still relevant to today:
1. Rebuilding and establishing a democracy takes a long time.
2. There are still going to be "loose werewolves" disrupting and attacking coalition troops for some time to come.
3. After war, comes a period of occupation until stability is achieved.
"National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice has compared the attacks on U.S. and British troops in Iraq to those carried out by Nazi fanatics known as "werewolves.
SS officers called werewolves engaged in sabotage and attacked both coalition forces and those locals cooperating with them, much like today's Ba'athist and Fedayeen remnants" in post-Saddam Iraq, Miss Rice told a Veterans of Foreign Wars gathering in San Antonio last month.
Historians point out, however, that the Nazi Secret Service officially disbanded the werewolves shortly before Germany surrendered.
Nevertheless, other radicals who viewed Adolf Hitler as a martyr, many of them associated with the Hitler Youth and continued to call themselves "werewolves" and engaged in violence up to a year after the war ended.
The werewolves were blamed for the assassination of the mayor of Aachen, Germany, in May 1945. " (end)
Although the article goes on to make the point that Dr. Rice's comparison was a "little off the mark", as to the level of violence in Iraq vs. post-war Germany and Japan, this article from the same time in 2003, published in Capitalism Magazine agrees with Dr. Rice's analogy:
(Read) "Perry Biddiscombe's "Werwolf! The History of the National Socialist Guerrilla Movement, 1944-1946," which gives full chapter and verse on Nazi-postwar guerrilla operations. It's true that the Werwolf was poorly organized, and the threat of attacks greatly subsided after a few months of occupation. But they were very real. A survey of records by the U.S. Army Center of Military History shows that at least 39 combat deaths occurred in the first few months of the occupation. If the Nazis had been better organized, the Werwolf might well have given World War II GIs as much trouble as the thugs in Iraq are generating now.
And Werwolves weren't the only problem. Violent crime, thievery and black-marketing were rampant. Germans incessantly complained to U.S. military officials about inadequate public safety. And these threats paled in comparison to the physical privations. Many feared masses of Germans would freeze or starve to death in the first winter after the war. To suggest that the first year of occupation was anything less than a dreadful, harrowing experience for many Germans is just bad history." (end)
In that last paragraph can you see some of the same "fears" of Iraq the left is taling about today?
No only are the left's critique of our efforts in Iraq false and misleading, they simply show their monumental ignorance of history.
Quite frankly, many of these critics are simply washed out hangovers from the 60's (peace, love and happiness) generation (or wish they were there).Fortyty-years ago their power was great, and their "critical efforts" led to an early withdrawal and defeat in Vietnam. The consequence was millions dead after the fall of Saigon.
They wanted to relagate the service of tens of thousands of brave Americans who gave their life in Vietnam to a "grotesque mistake".
So strong was their influence ocharacterizingng the Vietnam war a mistake, was that for years afterward Vietnam and it's vets were viewed as "crazy" or "disturbed". No wonder they called Vietnam, "the defining war of our generation."
Through the power they had in cultural reforms, and the injecting of their leftist agenda into our society, the changes they made are the most reponsible for it's moral relevancy, decadence and moral bankruptsy today.
Yet thankfully, all bad ideologies must come to an end.
Over the last twelve years or so, the left's power to influence society has lessen significanly. They can poll the public all they want, but they are rapidly losing support for their ideas. They thought the Polls in 2004 would put them back in power. Yet the 2004 election showed them just out of touch with the heart of America they really are.
America is behind the President; our efforts in Iraq; and most of all the troops. The Democrats? Well they are behind the eight ball and about to get scratched.
Rebuilding after war takes time