The Left, Iraq, And A Couple Of Truths
Dr Sanity, in The Good Little Propagandists, speaks of Iraq and the political 'facts on the ground':
Some day in the future after events have unfolded; and after all intended and unintended consequences have played themselves out; the spineless traitors and apologists of the left, who have done nothing to advance the cause of freedom and democracy in Iraq--or in the world, for that matter- and instead have actively and enthusiastically supported the enemy's psychological operations and become their propaganda outlets, will be finally subjected to evaluation by history; and their true psychological motivations will not be in doubt.Her assertions are outrageous, troubling and of course, they are true. We will not and cannot be the force that will install democracy in Iraq. That is up to the Iraqis. They will choose to do so, or they will cower in the face of the terror. Even if our efforts fail this time, democracy will eventually take hold in no small measure because of our efforts now. America and the coalition will have proved they will stand up for democracy and even more importantly, as time as shown time, given a choice, people will choose the freedoms democracy has to offer over any other kind of government.
Because, however events turn out in Iraq- for good or ill, and there is certainly no guarantee that what is right and good always overcome- the underlying motivations of the left (and all those who proclaim themselves to be the champions of the little guy, and yet for some reason always end up defending the Milosovics and Saddams of the world; always enabling the Hitlers and Bin Ladens) are perfectly clear to anyone who will look.
In fact, Dr Sanity points out how we have redefined our values. Effort is no longer of any merit. It is achieving the desired outcome- and nothing less- that has become the goal. In fact, to the left, nothing must ever be allowed to chance because moving the goal line is just about the only way the left can define failure.
When the lies of denying WMD's were exposed, then it was the celebrated lies of Joe Wilson that were given credence. When the dire predictions of no one turning out to vote in Iraqi election proved to be false, then a new lie had to be invented- that the majority of Iraqis want us out- now. The list goes on and on. If we were to leave now, of course, we would be blamed for the ensuing blood bath. In fact, many on the left don't care about Iraqis any more than they care about FGM- 100 million women and counting. The difference is that protesting about Iraq will get them on the front page or TV. For the most on the left, there is no upside in giving a damn about Darfur- unless we go in and take unilateral action to save lives, actions that would send the left over the edge. So what if a few hundred thousand more die, right? Saving the Darfurese can only bring new life into the BusHitler crowd, and that's what is important. As far as FGM is concerened, well, Sex in the City and The Vagina Monologues 'speaks' to American women more than FGM ever will.
All the while, the left hopes for higher and higher body counts in Iraq so that they might have fodder for a silly symbolic demonstration (there was much joy among many on the left when Americans casualties closed in on the 1,776. Both DU and Kos readers could barely contain themselves at the time). Whenever needed, a demonstration of bare breasted women is sure to take attention away from an ideologically corrupt agenda. The stupidity is breathtaking.
The left doesn't want to acknowledge a truth: Only democracy in Iraq (and elsewhere) will eradicate terror. There is no other way to stop terror. The left didn't care about the hundreds of thousands of innocent terror victims of their heroes, Castro or Che. There is no reason to believe they care about innocent victims of terror in Iraq now. That is why the left so willingly embraces the Palestinians and Palestinian terror. As long as the Palestinians reject real democracy and embrace terror, bigotry and hatred, they are worthy of all the adoration the left can muster. The left could never embrace a Palestinian cause that espouses, democracy, equality and religious freedom for all. The decades long approval of the Palestinian cause is proof of that. The fact remains that democracies, for the most part, do not go to war with each other. Democracy, introduced into the Middle East, will eventually prove that corollary.
Many on the the left hate democracy and freedom because democracy and freedom are predicated on personal responsibility- ideas they find repulsive. Democracy, by definition, means self restraint and respect for others. Democracy means the will of the majority must be respected, even when that will doesn't comport with the feelings of some. Democracy means self discipline.
There has been no more powerful force than the free exchange in the marketplace of thoughts and ideas. Virtually all wars have been predicated on the reality that one side or the other would deprive their own citizens of freedom. Hitler, Saddam, Stalin, Mao, Castro and countless others bear testimony to that truth. The unvarnished truth is that racism, bigotry and religious hatred are eliminated momentarily at the ballot box and more permanently with the establishment and evolutions of a free market society.
Wars occur when leaders are not accountable to their citizens for those freedoms.
The left is supporting the idea that we leave Iraq now in favor of the next Pol Pot.
The left could choose to do their part. While they decry any religious expression here, they remain strangely silent on the hate emanating from religious authorities elsewhere.
Few on the left will care about what will become the lot of the Iraqis. They didn't care before as Saddam was butchering hundreds of thousands. They didn't care as when Saddam's rape rooms were working at full capacity. Clearly, there is no reason to believe they will care about the Iraqis in the future. No doubt they will be celebrating the 'defeat' to America. They do not realize they America will not lose anything- our freedoms are assured. The loss they will celebrate is the loss of freedom- and of a future- for so many denied, for so many decades. It is this hypocrisy of many on the left that still causes the revulsion, to this day, of people who lived under communist regimes. The idea of a free exchange of thoughts and ideas is anathema to the left- unless those exchanges and opinions concur with their own.
In the end, freedom will transform the Middle East as it did Eastern Europe. Nothing great is easy, and establishing democracy in Iraq is a challenge. We have also said, democracy is built on the blood of patriots. Like Lafayette and Kosciusko that came to the aid of the patriots that built our country, we are coming to the aid of the Iraqi patriots that are paying for their freedom every day, in blood.
When that freedom comes, the left will be nowhere to be found. They will abandon the Middle East in the same way they left Eastern Europe. Arabs, like Eastern Europeans, will choose freedom, if given the chance.
The left will be elsewhere, fermenting hate and supporting murderous tyrants.
Plus ca change, pluc ca reste la meme.