STEVE BEREN ON IRAQ
America is already a nation at war, and it is indeed a world war. The war being waged by Islamic fascist terrorism is fought not only in Iraq and Afghanistan, but on a global scale - we have seen the slaughter of innocents from Madrid and London to New York City and Bali, and now we see the terrorist assassination of a pro-democracy leader in Pakistan.
Those who minimize the threat of Islamic terrorism are dangerously wrong. We must achieve greater unity as a nation, with a clear understanding of the aims and goals of the enemy. This war is military and ideological – a war of freedom, liberty, and democracy against the spread of fascism, terrorism, and tyranny. We must reject the voices of denial and defeatism.
A quarter of a century ago, in his famous “evil empire” speech, Ronald Reagan spoke about the danger facing America and the world at that time:
“[T]hey are the focus of evil in the modern world…. [S]ome would have us accept them at their word and accommodate ourselves to their aggressive impulses. But if history teaches anything, it teaches that simple-minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom…. I believe we shall rise to the challenge. I believe that communism is another sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages even now are being written.” (President Ronald Reagan, speech to National Association of Evangelicals, March 8, 1983)
Today, the focus of evil in the modern world is Islamic fascism. Once again, history teaches that appeasement and wishful thinking is folly. Weakness in the face of terrorism would mean the loss of our freedom.
Those who favor cutting off funding to the troops, immediate withdrawal, surrendering Iraq to the terrorists – those who minimize the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions disqualify themselves from meeting the challenges facing our nation.
President Reagan believed we would rise to the challenge of communism, and I believe America today will rise to the challenge of Islamic fascism. Let us reject the defeatist voices advocating an “exit strategy,” and let us write the next pages of history with a victory strategy.
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