was believed after the three-week win war that, Saddam Hussein or no Saddam
Hussein, he no longer mattered. The Iraqi Freedom Campaign was a success
in itself. Iraqis were freed after thirty years of torture and killings.
Now liberty could blossom with the Potomac on the Gulf in Kuwait overseeing
the New Iraq construction.
However, US-led coalition militia continue to be fired upon, some killed
in the fracas. The efficient Rumsfeld conflict is not followed by an efficient
New Iraq democracy build. The gaps are showing to the world every passing
day. It is frustrating to the Iraqis and embarrassing to the coalition, particularly
the United States.
No weapons of destruction evidence has surfaced, though the President and
his colleagues assure the public that it will when all the facts are laid
on the global table. However, the President’s political enemies are making
hay out of the vacuum in the interim.
In addition, there appears to be little practical assistance from the European
Union in the New Iraq rebuilding, though overtures of real help were verbalized
by some after the three-week win war.
The Shiite presence in Iraq was once considered a throwaway since the nation
was supposedly so multi-dimensional in religious and political configuration
that no one religious block could govern the politic. However, the Shiite
presence does continue with its harangue and possible real threat to a democratic
Wesley Clark stated on Meet the Press that the matter of Saddam Hussein
being alive or dead is exceptionally significant to present times. He stated
that it is not an issue of irrelevance as some thought it was immediately
following the war.
Because, Clark underlined, Saddam is continuing to give orders to malcontents
who are hitting on the US-led coalition. The disrupters will continue as
long as Saddam breathes. As long as he is on the planet, his dictates will
continue to infiltrate the New Iraq, frustrating any move toward a democracy
This variable was not counted on at the close of the war. It was concluded
that the war success was complete in itself, with or without Saddam. He was
not crucial any longer; he could traipse about the world incognito for as
long as he wished, but his power thrust was forever obliterated. When his
statue toppled, that symbolized the wiping out of the man himself.
He is alive, as Clark believes. He is mentally alert to the New Iraq circumstances.
He is conducting his own battle plan daily. With that, he then is bent on
making fools of the US-led coalition and President George W. Bush in particular.
This in turn could up the possibility that neighboring Muslims would join
in the derision as well as certain European countries which voted against
Iraqi Freedom before its start.
Add to this the very real chance that Clark soon will announce his candidacy for the US Presidency. He stated as much on Meet the Press.
One of his thrusts as a Democratic nominee would then be the lack of "complete
war conclusion" with Saddam still being alive, the latter administering a
behind-the-scenes on-going combat against the coalition soldiers in the Iraqi
In other words, it is mandatory that Saddam Hussein be found and obliterated
if a final democratic nation evolves from the old Iraq.
Grant Swank, Jr., is the Pastor of New Hope Church in
Windham, ME. He is a a graduate of an accredited
college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at
Harvard Divinity School. Pastor Swank has been married
for 41 years and he has 3 adult children. He is
the author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various
Protestant and Catholic magazines, journals and newspapers.
He writes a weekly religion column for PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
newspaper, Portland ME. His columns have appeared on IntellectualConservative.com,
VIOdaily.com, AmericanDaily.com, MensNewsDaily.com, BushCountry.org, Chalcedon.com,
ConservativeTruth.com, FreeRepublic.com, WoundedShepherds.com, among others.
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