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Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Wrong on many levels 

Kos reads the collective mind of the right and comes up with this prediction:

So you're a war supporter, and Iraq is going to hell. You want to pull the troops out, but doing so might require admitting defeat. And admitting defeat would mean that the bloodbath in Iraq was all for naught.
What to do? Easy.

Blame Iraqis. Talk about how the US came in, altruistic at heart, hoping to spread "freedom" to the Iraqi people. And then, pointing to the current broad-based rebellion, screech about how "ungrateful" the Iraqis are to the US for bringing said "freedom" to the country.

And then cut tail and run.

Watch the Right. It's gonna happen.
In just eleven sentences, Kos makes so many wrong assumptions that it's hard to sort them all out. But I'll try.

First, who says Iraq is going to hell? If Kos is into predictions, I've got one. Within a couple of months, the narrowly-based insurgency--not a "broad-based rebellion" as Kos says in another false assumption--will be over. Don't believe me? It's happening already.

Second, he assumes that the troops will be pulled out before the job is done. That will NEVER happen. Of that I have no doubt, and I'm surprised that Kos, a former soldier himself, would entertain the notion at all.

Third, he assumes that the "bloodbath" is all for naught. I disagree, and think the stakes are bigger in Iraq than any we have faced in sixty years.

Fourth, he disparages the idea that freedom for Iraqis is a goal of the operation. He uses scare quotes around the word, "freedom." Freedom for Iraqis is the single most important goal in Iraq, and Kos knows it. He just conveniently overlooks it because the political jabs are so much easier to make if you ignore the fact that 25 million Iraqis are and will remain free from Ba'athist tyranny. That they will form their own government with the consent of the governed. And that they will be the lone democracy in a sea of repression--repression which has led to despair, which has led to young men and women killing themselves and others as they resort to the only means left to affect change in their own countries. Perhaps the Iraqi example will change that dynamic. That is certainly the hope, and there is, in my mind, no more important goal on earth today than Arab democracy.

There is nothing more liberal than helping oppressed peoples to establish democracy and civil rights, so why is such a huge portion of the so-called "liberal" element so dead-set against the American effort in Iraq?
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