There comes a point when you have to stop fight in order to have piece. It may seem like a simple concept but to others it makes little or no sense at all.
Today bombing tore through Iraq with target including busy shopping centers, army recruiting stations and US military convoys. This is a recurring story which we all have heard over and over again with little or no hope that these attacks will never end.
Babak Behnam, Revived Insurgency or Desperate Attacks? writes about a lawlessness in which the Iragi people will have to deal with for a long time. This is highly possible especially since the anticipation of US forces pulling out. The tactics used by the insurgency have not change since the American lead invasion. Targeting US Military consitellations has proven ineffective so the insurgents had to target their people to encourage us to pull out. There is some logical backwardness to that idea but it brings nothing to the table for reconstruction for the country.
Lets say that the insurgents win, a relative term, and now have their country to themselves. Do they have a plan for a new Iraq? An Iraq which is self governing, that provides the highly needed services and doesn’t have the daily bloodshed. I haven’t seen or read any plan of theirs but that is because they don’t have one.
The insurgents have no idea how to run a country because they have spent their time learning destructive techniques instead focusing on productive processes.
There comes a time when you have to lay down your arms and say "we are not going to ruin our country anymore". Maybe that is something will never come especially if the fighters are so self righteous that no one else could possibly have a better way than theirs.
It is time for them to look around at the global factors which make others so successful. It should be easy to see that their way does not and will not work in the new global economies. There comes a time when everyone has to change and the insurgents time is here.
My hope is that change can take place and the region can something that resembles harmony but it cannot happen without change.