History is repeating itself

By Mark Balzer

It is interesting how history repeats itself. It does not repeat itself exactly—that would be too easy. However, the similarities are so striking that they cannot be missed if you are paying attention. We will look at four examples of history repeating itself.

The first example deals with the latest news out of Baghdad. Here’s the deal: civilian and military deaths are down. Not by just a small amount, but by huge percentages—60 percent to 75 percent. It seems that Dirty Harry and Fancy Nancy’s worst nightmares are coming true. The surge is working and people in Baghdad are feeling safe again.

By Mark Balzer

It is interesting how history repeats itself. It does not repeat itself exactly—that would be too easy. However, the similarities are so striking that they cannot be missed if you are paying attention. We will look at four examples of history repeating itself.

The first example deals with the latest news out of Baghdad. Here’s the deal: civilian and military deaths are down. Not by just a small amount, but by huge percentages—60 percent to 75 percent. It seems that Dirty Harry and Fancy Nancy’s worst nightmares are coming true. The surge is working and people in Baghdad are feeling safe again.

People feel safe enough to go out at night, safe enough to open new stores, and for women to wear makeup in public without fear of being shot or kidnapped.

Put your “yeah buts” and your “what abouts” back in your pockets, I didn’t say all the problems were solved, but you must admit progress is being made. Or you must admit to your own motives.

Yet the same individuals, who will take Hugo Chavez at his word about Venezuela because the poor and hungry people in Caracas must be lying, claim that everything your president says is a lie.

They have been saying that we cannot win the war from the beginning: “We need to withdraw our troops, we cannot win without the Iraqi people and they will never help us. We are creating the terrorist problems in Iraq and the Middle East. If we just went home they would leave us alone.”

Just like they left us alone on Sept. 11, 2001, and left Spain alone prior to its elections. The same way they left Theo Van Gough alone in the Netherlands. Yeah they just want to live together in peace, as soon as we all convert to their form of Islam or die.

Well the people of Iraq are helping us more and more. They are turning in terrorist cells in Iraq. They are helping identify the insurgents in their neighborhoods. Why are they doing this? Because these people, the ones that are helping us, do want to live in peace.

But the defeatist in Congress did not pass the necessary funding for our troops to support them in the field. Think about this. The Senate refused to consider an up or down vote on a funding bill that would have provided the necessary funding to the troops. This was a bill that had no amendments or provisions, just a simple one item bill.

Dirty Harry and his compatriots have refused to provide the necessary equipment, money and training to U.S. troops in harm’s way. They did this because they could not get the bill passed they wanted to pass, a bill that effectively grabbed power from the commander in chief and bestowed it upon Congress.

On top of all this they still claim that this war is illegal and we should not be fighting it at all. Well we do not have a formal declaration of war. That all kind of went out of fashion after 1945 anyway. Now you have to get the approval of the UN Security Council (at least that’s what we do, though no one else seems to bother) and that seems to be the test for legitimacy. Well in some cases, like this one, even when you do jump through that hoop, people like Dirty Harry, Fancy Nancy and Mrs. Clinton are not happy. Chucky Cheese is too busy contemplating how much hay can be made by reopening the Tawana Brawley case.

So where has history repeated itself in all this? Well, the Congress trying to micro manage a war is a repeat from the 1960s and 1970s and the same people who claim that Vietnam was such a disaster are working very hard to make Iraq turn into the same type of disaster using the exact same method. It worked so well the first time did it not?

The other three instances of history repeating itself: your president is lying to you, you cannot win, and you are fighting an illegal war. Come to think of it, all of that was used in the 1960s also. All come from World War II. All were proclamations from the Japanese propaganda machine and were broadcast by “Tokyo Rose.”

Participation in that type of demoralization of troops would have been treasonous then and it is treasonous now. “Tokyo Rose” even told our troops that “she” understood most of them did not want to be there and she supported their efforts.

Sound familiar?

Mark Balzer of Pocatello is the head of the Republican Party in Southeast Idaho.