discusses VDH on Iraq:
In another amazingly logical article
, Victor Davis Hanson provides a succinct account of what is going right in Iraq and the Middle East. Please note the use of the present tense in that first sentence. Yes, things are going well in Iraq right now, even as we speak. Although you wouldn't be able to tell that from MSM reports. More on that later.
What is going right in Iraq? Let's review:
-- There have been two very well-attended elections in Iraq. Not rigged elections, not a farcical set of candidates "approved" by the ruling dictator but real honest-to-God elections where Iraqis are choosing self-rule. Turn out has been better than here in the United States, and no one threatened to gun me down if I went to vote here in Ridgefield, CT!
-- Approximately 200,000 Iraqi men are enlisting in security forces to expel foreign terrorists (these terrorists are incorrectly called 'insurrectionists' by the media, including Fox News). Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden may dispute that actual number but the reality is that Iraqis are not being deterred by drive-by bombings at police recruiting stations. They continue to get in line. Whether it's to get a good paying job or protect their homeland, a substantial number of Iraqis are setting themselves against terrorism.
VDH:"The result is that, incrementally and insidiously, Americans are less and less in the position of being the cop, swat-team, or battalion that Iraqis see daily as the providers of their order and security. As in the case of fewer visible diplomats, so too fewer observable soldiers shift the onus onto the Iraqis to solidify - or lose - their gift of democracy".
-- Although I'm not in a position to observe this, Hanson claims that some European and Asian countries are becoming more eager to participate in Iraq's re-construction. Perhaps the upcoming third Iraq election will open the floodgates and we'll see wholesale and above-board efforts by countries that were content to let America spill blood to make Iraq a more stable environment in which to trade. You're welcome, world.
-- Schools are open, women have new rights, the economy is ramping up, oil is being pumped and sold, radio stations and newspapers are springing up across the country... Does that sound like a quagmire to you? It doesn't to me either. I guess you have to be a left-wing Kool Aid drinker to deny that anything good like that is happening in Iraq.
-- Saddam is having his day in court. Hanson points out that Saddam is getting a fair hearing, something he denied so many Iraqis, Kurds and Kuwaitis. What effect will Saddam's trial have on the rank-and-file Iraqi? My bet is that it will be on the same level as "Sic Semper Tyrannis"
. I am certain that most Shiite Iraqis thought the day would never come that Saddam would get his just desserts. That day is here.
In sum, Iraq never was, never was going to be, and never will be "George W. Bush's Viet Nam" despite what corrupt and self-serving fat heads like Michael Moore, Jane Fonda, Ted Kennedy , Dick "Turban" Durbin, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Cindy Sheehan, Sean Penn, Joe Wilson, and others of a like mind have claimed. Dopes all.
VDH:"Most of us tragically will forget many of the American soldiers who courageously fought, died, and gave the Middle East its freedom and us our security. Purple fingers, not overloaded American helicopters taking off from the embassy roof, is the future of Iraq."
Couldn't have said it better myself.
-- Mike Taylor