Thank You America

By: Guest Authors

By Rachael Doukas

I was very fortunate and privileged to have the opportunity to speak with Mr. Wrya Saeed
Rwandzi, Senior Advisor to the President of the Republic of Iraq. He discussed the progress
that his country has made with democracy and voiced his concerns with the current relationship
of Iraq and the United States under the Obama administration.

Obama’s plan to withdraw all troops by the end of 2011 will have a drastically negative
impact on Iraq. The withdrawal will erase the hard work and sacrifices obtained by American
forces under the Bush administration. Rwandzi fears that a complete withdrawal will cause a
“Vacuum that will be led by extremist and Al-Qaida groups. In this case, the interests of the Iraqi
people and American people will be threatened in the region.” Rwandzi strongly feels there has
been a drastic change in policies between Iraq and the U.S. under the Obama Administration. His
primary goal in travelling to Washington D.C. was to strengthen Iraqi ties with the Obama
administration. He affirms, “The Bush administration was cautious to fight terrorism, but the
administration of Obama, he withdrew from such purpose, and what he is doing now is not in the
interest and favor of the democratic groups and democratic countries in the world, especially
where we have conflict areas.”

Iraq is currently going through a sensitive situation as the country is completely transitioning to a
democracy. The country consists of many different ethnic groups and religious sects which are
protected under the Iraqi constitution. They are putting maximum efforts in abiding by the
constitution to assure democracy for everyone. Rwandzi states, “Iraq wants to create freedom for
everyone, but it is difficult. Of course, the Islamic extremists are very much against it.” If the
U.S. completely withdraws its troops radical groups will again be encouraged to dangerously
spread terrorism in the Iraqi region, middle east, and the rest of the world. Rwandzi expresses,
“We cannot let extremist groups take over the victory of U.S. forces.”

The American left-of-center mainstream media has consistently portrayed the Iraqi government
as wanting American forces out of Iraq. This mischaracterizations the will of the Iraqi people,
who are overwhelming thankful and appreciative to the American Armed forces who have helped
them achieve a democracy government. They seek their continued help in achieving and
sustaining true democracy. The Iraqi people understand and appreciate the American sacrifices
for Iraqi freedom.

Rwandzi states, “Iraq today is facing a transitional stage, we are now standing up on our feet, but we
still need more support from the United States not only for us but for the interest of the United States.”
He refers to President Bush as a “historical president” and says he is “very, very grateful for him,
for his courageous lows, courageous actions and the sacrifice that has been given by the U.S. army
and U.S. people for the freedom and people of Iraq.” If one were to visit Iraq, one would see the
outward display of affection for the American people and President George W. Bush by observing posters,
proudly displayed on the windows of Iraqi businesses and
private homes which passionately shout, “Thank you, America! Thank you, George Bush!”
Yet a liberal media intentionally portrays a picture of the Iraqi people that is so inconsistent with
their true feelings and hopes. Liberal journalists claim, the Iraqi people and government want
America out of Iraq. This false pronouncement has extremely devastating consequences that are
so detrimental to the Iraqi people and the entire Middle East pursuit of freedom. Thanks to
America, Rwandzi states, Iraq now has, “elected governments, an elected parliament, and an
elected president, but we still need more time to commit the democracy foundations, and
freedom, and human rights.”

Iraqi citizens thirst for democracy. Planting the seeds of Iraqi liberty and freedom can assist in
winning the war on Islamic terror. A strong Iraqi democracy will help transform the entire middle
east, as we are currently witnessing in neighboring Libya, Syria, and Egypt, as individuals rise
up to demand that their current dictators step down and be replaced with freely elected officials.
In George Bush’s 2005 State of the Union address, he provided his rationale for Operation Iraqi
Freedom, “If whole regions of the world remain in despair and grow in hatred, they will be the
recruiting grounds for terror, and that terror will stalk America and other free nations for decades.
The only force powerful enough to stop the rise of tyranny and terror, and replace hatred with
hope, is the force of human freedom.” The only way to defeat the terror of al Qaeda is with force.
One cannot negotiate with murderers who plot the destruction of western civilization by
violently and fearfully force their extremist ideologies on innocent individuals.

If individuals can choose their leaders they will less likely choose violence.

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