Expanding the War - -
The debate is news item number one, but any discussion of war limited to simply talking about Iraq is of little use. Read Michael Ledeen’s excellent piece
in today’s WSJ and see why.
Expanding it beyond Iraq and into places like Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia will be the answer long term. As Ledeen suggests, this does not mean that all of these will need a military action. “We should instead be talking about using all our political, moral and military genius to support a vast democratic revolution to liberate all the peoples of the Middle East from tyranny.”
If you want an idea why Ledeen, in my opinion, is hitting a bulls eye check out this juicy quote from Jonah Goldberg
: “The cultures of the Middle East are rich and impressive. But at the moment, they are also stagnating in a cesspool of bigotry, poverty, and oppression of every sort. Even the — by most accounts — decent societies of the region, like that of Jordan, are being held back by the undertow of bile which flows freely through the Arab street. In 1990, for example, the king of Jordan had to show fealty to an Iraqi dictator he surely must have despised.” Think about it. If there was anything good about living in the Middle East for an average person they might not be so willing to pick up rocks, guns, bombs, and fly airplanes into buildings. It is the “Why” question that we, collectively, haven’t been able to grapple with-and it has been almost a year. It is because they hate us? Obviously, but without risking too much of a cliché, why do they hate us? Because they are living in that cesspool that Goldberg speaks of and want something to be angry at besides themselves.
It is clear that if the world takes on the task of defeating these reprehensible regimes the people of the Middle East, and the world, will much better off. If we choose to turn our backs, again, then worse will result. Check out today’s Slate.com piece
(part two of a nine part series) by Robert Wright that outlines some answers to why smaller and smaller groups of people can impact the world to such a startling way. His first prescription is to take our bitter medicine early rather than later. We can do it now, or we can wait, but the bottom line is that it is going to have to be done. Break out the Buckley’s.