I sometimes grow weary of the childish ranting of the left. Usually I just laugh as these pseudo-intellectuals are reduced to name calling and snide remarks rather than fact based argumentation and debate. As the recent election proved, in the battleground of ideas and principles, the majority of the American people have a clear understanding of what is important and where they stand on the critical issues of the day.
For me, it was national security and the desire to see a successful conclusion to our intervention in Iraq. Even though I am a Democrat and have only voted for one Republican presidential candidate in my life, my stand on this issue has resulted in my being labeled a conservative, a neocon or as that always enlightening StageLeft might say a “wingnut”. I am not all that big on labels, but I’m cool with whatever you want to call me. If my confidence in being on the right side of this issue makes me Rightwing, so be it.
Now, reasonable people can disagree on the wisdom of overthrowing Saddam, but that debate is now academic. We have rid the world of this tyrant, and now the future of the Iraqi people depends on our will and resolve to stay the course as Iraq makes its first tentative steps towards democracy. So the question is not whether you were against the war, rather it is where do you stand on the issue of freedom?
For me liberty and freedom from oppression are classic liberal values. In a world turned upside down, it is the left who are now positioned in opposition to this traditional liberal dogma and have aligned instead with the forces of tyranny. Since there is no logical argument that can be made in support of its opposition to freedom in Iraq, the left resorts to name calling in hatred of those who have usurped the cause of justice.
Make no mistake, the so-called “insurgents” in Iraq are doing everything in their power to derail the exercise of freedom of choice as Iraqis prepare to elect a government in less than two weeks. Despite the bombs and killing of election workers and security forces, the terrorists in Iraq will fail. The left in America, with Michael Moore as their spokesman, can continue to call these brutal thugs “minute-men” and “freedom fighters”, but the obvious fact remains that those who are killing innocents are vehemently opposed to any form of freedom or democracy.
Guess what? The Iraqis are not listening. Most Iraqis intend to vote in the January 30 elections, despite the danger. Reuters reports that “67 percent of Baghdadis planned to vote. Twenty-five percent said they would not take part and nine percent were undecided. “These figures are positive and indicate that Iraqis are undeterred by the threats,” a spokesman for Iraq’s Independent Electoral Commission said.” If these numbers hold, that will represent a larger turnout than the record setting American elections last November.
The hypocrisy, and dare I say it, the racism, of the left in opposing freedom and democracy for the Iraqis is summed up nicely in this post by Ed Morrissey at Captain’s Quarters:
Many of the American Left want us to delay the Iraqi elections, despite the fact that (a) the interim Iraqi constitution requires the election to retire the interim government in place of a representative parliament, and (b) it would reward the terrorists who bomb and murder people by the score to put off an honest election. Too bad the American Left can’t demonstrate the intestinal fortitude of the Iraqis themselves. In the same poll, only 23% of Baghdadis want the elections put off — about half of what one would find in the birthplace of modern democracy. That result should shame those who call for the cowardly retreat in the face of the brutal attacks that have unnerved more Americans than Iraqis.
How would those calling for an immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq respond to this Iraqi:
(from the blog Free Iraqi)
Oh, I can still hear Teddy Kennedy saying “Iraq is Bush’s Vietnam”. As much as he and others on the left (and in the media) might like to have that dream come true, it is an invalid comparison. Well, it compares in the sense that by making a concentrated effort to convince Americans that we are losing and the Iraqis are somehow unworthy of freedom, they hope to undermine the will of the people to continue our mission to bring democracy to Iraq. That they are failing in that mission is amply demonstrated by the reality on the ground. PowerLine quotes an article in the London Times:
In contrast to insurgents who are either nostalgic for Saddam’s reign or, in the case of the Islamists, dreaming fondly of the restoration of a medieval caliphate, a radically different and more hopeful future looks likely to be embraced by Iraq’s majority. In Iraq, unlike Vietnam, it is the Americans who are offering an escape from the corrupt status quo that prevails in the region. If democracy takes root, then Iraq has a chance to transcend the miseries of arbitrary and autocratic rule which, so sadly, imprison many other Arab peoples.
There is lots of good news like this in Iraq, unfortunately you won’t read about it the NY Times or Washington post. For people who really want to know the truth, you can look at this post from Cheronkoff who regularly reports news that the MSM ignores. Here’s an example from Marine Cpl. Isaac D. Pacheco of Northern Kentucky enlisted in the Marines on September 12, 2001, and has been serving in Iraq at the Combined Press Information Center. Recently he wrote this for his local newspaper:
We are winning this war. More importantly, we will leave Iraq far better than we found it. When the Iraqi people achieve a democratically elected government on January 30, we will have changed the dynamics of the region in ways that were unimaginable prior to our intervention. The Iraqis will have begun a journey towards peace and prosperity and in doing so our own national security will be greatly enhanced.
I guess that pretty much sums up where I stand. I’m in favor of freedom and democracy. The time has come to stop the rancor and name calling and simply choose sides. So I leave you with this simple question: Where do you stand?
(crossposted at The Wide Awakes)
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