Iraqis who are fed up

Attention, Michael Moore: Iraq’s real Minutemen have arrived

Frank Warner notes the group of Iraqi vigilantes who have given Abu Musab al-Zarqawi an ultimatum: Leave Iraq or die.

Michael Moore, the fascist-friendly movie director, has called the anti-democratic trouble-makers of Iraq the new “Minutemen,” a reference to the revolutionaries who won liberty and democracy in America.

Zarqawi’s al-Qaida-affiliated Ansar al-Islam would never approve of free speech, freedom of religion, a free press, free opposition parties or free elections in Iraq. So naturally, to Michael Moore, these guys are freedom fighters.

I wrote in April, on the anniversary of the “battles” of Lexington and Concord:

I realize that one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter, and I know that we aren’t always right. But does anyone really equate today’s jihadists and what they fight for with the minutemen at Lexington Green or Concord Bridge and what they fought for?

I know that we don’t always do the right thing, and that when we try to do the right thing we don’t always do it the right way. But let’s not get into any silly moral equivalence games over it.

While there are certainly issues with people taking things like this into their own hands, it is a bit refreshing to see. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Iraq needs to free itself.


  1. As a one-time thing to deal with a particularly nasty human being, I can see how this might be ‘refreshing’, but if this becomes the way of things over there, I think it’s a sign of some serious long-term instability. We don’t want a lot of unknown ‘good guys’ running around with guns, shooting the people they think are the ‘bad guys’.

  2. Yes, you’re right. We can’t have self-appointed judges, juries, and executioners complicating things. Too much, anyway. Even if these guys don’t do anything, or if we shut them down (as best we can) they send a statement to the Iraqi people to offset the posturing and rhetoric of Darth Sadr and the like. I’ve got to think that word of those Iraqi snipers in Najaf, whether true or not, whether they killed anyone or not, pulled more Iraqis together than it split apart. And I’m not aware of any effort on our part to quell the rumors or put an end to their operations. Iraq needs some new heroes. Some new legends. Some Sgt. Yorks. Some William Wallaces. Some George Pattons. And, unfortunately, some Pat Tillmans and some Sullivan Brothers.

  3. (I seem to have lost my closing remarks from the comment above, so here they are.) I’ve mentioned before that we need to make use of those individuals who have a vested interest in cleaning up Iraq. The Badr Brigade (for example) might have ties to groups we consider unsavory, and we certainly don’t want them running around laying down their own law, but if they can cooperate with the Iraqi government and eventually be incorporated into an official position, I think it’s worth a look. Iraqis need to buy into their own nation. As long as its Americans fighting and dying they aren’t likely to do that.