Sunday, September 02, 2007
“I approve our occupation of Iraq but we cannot continue fighting the way we are,” says Bravedy.
A member of the US Navy SEALs who pulled a combat tour in Iraq has published a book outlining a three-prong approach to a successful occupation and timely peaceful withdrawal.
For Chuck Bravedy of Canton, Ohio, the tour of duty in Iraq was an eye-opener that convinced him America can achieve a successful engagement in Iraq and leave with a solid chance for peace to exist.
That insight, counter to media reports and the perspective of most Americans, is detailed in Iraq in My Eye: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL (ISBN 1-4241-7689-1, Publish America LLP, Baltimore, 66 pages, www.iraqinmyeye.com).
After helping arrest insurgents and turning them over to military prosecutors, Bravedy observed how prisoners were living far more comfortably in prison than outside with very few being convicted. Bravedy observed how mosques were operating as communication centers for the insurgents and how rules of engagement put the brakes on America's military might.
After conducting research while stationed in Iraq, Bravedy developed this three-prong plan to win the war in Iraq:
• Use the time insurgents are in military prisons to educate and indoctrinate them about the value of human life, about why peace is preferable to violence, about differences between Mid-East and Western cultures, and about ways to raise their standard of living.
• Maintain a military monitor at gatherings in mosques to slow down insurgent activity by forcing communications and propaganda out of the mosques and dispersed into basements of private homes.
• Change the rules of engagement to allow the powerful US military forces to function as they were trained to put an end to roadside bombings and other ruthless, inhumane terrorists' acts. The military needs to be allowed to get at the root of the problem rather than pulling weeds only to have them reappear, stresses Bravedy.
"I approve our occupation of Iraq but we cannot continue fighting the way we are," says Bravedy. "Success is obtainable if we get over our fear of having to be politically correct. Political correctness is the enemy of our country!"
The author believes the Iraqi people have been blinded by radical Islam and terrorist leaders but are hungry for truth and will respond positively to a campaign of knowledge. He believes the cycle of anger and hate can be broken by individual acts of compassion shown one-on-one.
Bravedy's dream is to assemble a team of men and women to return to Iraq and spend a year or more in military prisons teaching the men there that there is more to life than killing Americans and eradicating western influence. "I firmly believe they will listen to truth if told but right now no one is telling them anything"
To obtain a copy of Iraq in My Eye and learn more about Bravedy's insight into how the war can be won, go to www.iraqinmyeye.com