Latest update: July 14th, 2013
It is, regrettably, time for us to leave. It makes no sense to lose any more American soldiers or spill any more American blood.
This is particularly true when, according to The New York Times, not long ago the king of Saudi Arabia referred to our occupation as “an illegal foreign occupation.” The Iraqi government has not passed a resolution denouncing the king’s comment and welcoming the presence of our troops.
Even more indicative of a lack of Iraqi support for our troops is the Times report dated May 12, 2007 that “A majority of Iraq’s Parliament members have signed a petition for a timetable governing a withdrawal of American troops, several legislators said…”
Because the Democrats are forcing an end to the struggle in Iraq, we must now prepare to fight terrorism in our homeland for the next thirty or more years. This is a war of civilizations. The Islamic terrorists worldwide want to destroy the U.S. and every other Western nation, along with moderate Muslim nations, e.g., Egypt, Jordan, etc.
Our very survival as a nation is involved. Will we have the courage and the will to do all that will be necessary to prevail?
What did “victory” mean in the Cold War? Did it mean invading the USSR? Did it mean bombing Moscow? No, it meant hanging tough, preventing the Soviets from expanding their base of power, until the internal contradictions and flaws in their system brought them down.
The fight against terror and Islamic radicalism has the same goal – preventing the radicals from expanding their base, which would happen if they get control of Iraq, and to maintain a tough defense until their medieval culture adapts to the modern world.
During the Cold War the pols in Washington were mostly united in support of this goal. But now the Democrats are not. There is no safety for the weak and foolish. When you seek to end a war without substantially achieving your essential goals by simply ceasing to fight, it is often a form of surrender.
And that’s the way the Democrat-imposed outcome in Iraq will be understood around the world, especially by our enemies.Ed Koch
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