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Friday, July 09, 2004

Iraq is No Vietnam 

I found this at InstaPundit.

National Review's Victor David Hanson comments on the civilizing of Iraq.

Surely, the slow emergence of real civilization in Iraq is one of the seminal events in the history of an Arab and Muslim Middle East that has had no prior record of either consensual government or an independent judiciary. Unlike Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot, a global criminal is facing his victims in a legitimate court administered by the beginnings of a free republican government. The more Washington, D.C., insiders insist that the transfer of power was a meaningless construct, the more we are beginning to see the future shape of an autonomous, free, and civilized Iraq. Don't listen to cynical American reporters and played-out professors who laugh at the idea of civilization. Watch instead how dictators and monarchs in the region recoil at it all. After all, such autocrats have lots to worry about: 70 percent of the world is democratic; excluding Israel, 0 percent of the Middle East is.
If you read one thing today, take five minutes and read this piece. Hanson decries the cynics that belittle our work to depose Saddam's tyranny, and he puts into perspective the historical significance of the new, free Iraq.


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