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Rather than post a comment to “Hmm” I decided instead to post a counter response here which is based upon the following quote from the National Review

The price of defending our nation cannot be spending years — at a cost of precious lives and hundreds of billions of dollars — in a vain attempt to give people who despise us a way of life they don’t want.

Aside from implying there is a limit to defending the United States, the above analysis of the war in Iraq reflects a myopic viewpoint which focuses on a red herring. Furthermore, it serves to demonstrate an inability to fathom the broader issues in the region and dismisses the strategic importance of installing an island of democracy after the removal of an oppressive and ruthless dictator.

The democracy now sits surrounded by Iran’s Islamic theocracy, Syria’s military controlled government where its people must elect the leader of the Baath Party with a constitution which requires the president to be a Muslim and Saudi Arabia’s and Kuwait’s monarchy. Representing a departure from the norm, in the north is Turkey with its presidential-parliamentary democracy.

It should be clear most are governments representing extreme positions on the political spectrum. A little democracy would serve to moderate this extremism in a region that has been influenced by Islam for centuries.

Islam is fomenting an intolerable and dangerous form of extremism of its own. While Iraq’s new democratic form of government may be a lightning rod for terrorism it also reveals the dangers we are facing.

Regardless of its current success, Iraq’s struggle is far from over. If it’s government fails, falling to the Islamic fascists, it should serve as a wake-up call for the rest of the sleeping Americans including those at National Review.


Written by Ben

September 9, 2009 at 9:18 am

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