Friday, June 15, 2007

Win or -- lose

Joe Lieberman's Iraq report."And I conclude from my visit that victory is still possible in Iraq--thanks to the Iraqi majority that desperately wants a better life, and because of the courage, compassion and competence of the extraordinary soldiers and statesmen who are carrying the fight there, starting with Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker. The question now is, will we politicians in Washington rise to match their leadership, sacrifices and understanding of what is on the line for us in Iraq--or will we betray them, and along with them, America's future security?"

When the two al-Qaeda aircraft smashed into the World Trade Center, it failed to destroy the belief that the war which had just begun was not an optional struggle. Even today, the only country in the world which may regard the current conflict with radical Islamism as existential is Israel. And not even there is there a unanimity about the seriousness of the challenge. But Lieberman is not one of the doubters. Should he doubt?

Nothing follows.


Blogger Manny C said...

Lieberman is spot on regarding the stakes of this war - that freedom is at stake.

However, I don't expect that the "better life" that Senator Lieberman describes the Iraqis as wanting is necessarily going to be good news for us in the West or for the minorities (be they Christians, gays, heck even the Sunnis) in Iraq. And in the end, that is what should matter. Because our blood and treasure shouldn't be spilt building up a society antagonist toward us and the minorities that live within.

I think that Matt Mannweller addresses the broader issue with what I have written above quite well.

6/15/2007 07:11:00 PM  

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