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January 30, 2005

A Reason for Celebration

Shortly after 9/11 — back when the discussion was still the amount of harm "U.S. sanctions" were doing to the people of Iraq — the urge to call local late-morning radio talk host Steve Kass in order to respond to another caller's comments proved too strong to resist.

Kass and I agreed that Saddam Hussein was the problem, but when I answered "get him out of there" to some question or other, Kass's response was, "Well..." A little over three year's later, and not only has that nigh unmentionable solution come to pass, but Iraq has moved on to the next step: elections.

With all of the shameful efforts among some in the West to wear down our resolve, it's easy to lose sight of reality in the political fog. Sometimes we reach moments, such as the victory and then elections in Afghanistan and the military victory in Iraq, that revive our belief that our nation is moving forward with the steps that need to be taken to address the linked threats of terrorism and Islamofascism.

The elections in Iraq today offered another such moment, and although we can be sure that the naysayers and anti-American zealots will continue in their efforts to foment an exhausting negativity, we can be very proud indeed of our countrymen who've risked so much to make the world a better place for all of us, of those leaders who've continued doing what's right even when it might not be what's easy, and of the Iraqis, themselves, for standing with us by standing up for themselves.

Over on Anchor Rising, I've marked the occasion by republishing a column of mine from December 2001 calling for Saddam Hussein's removal. A view that was then extreme has proven predictive, and I, for one, do not question that the world is better for it.

Posted by Justin Katz at January 30, 2005 11:59 PM
Middle East

This is truly an exquisite moment in history. Not quite Berlin Wall exquisite, mind you, but not too shabby at all.

(makes ya wonder why some people find it so gosh-darned irritating though, doesn't it?)

Posted by: Marty at January 31, 2005 11:52 PM

Justin, it's time to demand an accounting from the Catholic idiotarians -- whether left, center or right; whether lay, clerical or episcopal; whether in the Vatican, the academy or the Catholic blogosphere -- for their opposition to American military involvement because of "just war" principles. What legitimate, practical alternative did they offer (answer: none)? Did they seriously believe that free elections in the wake of a deposed sadist would take place *without* such involvement? Or did they prefer a "peace" that ignored the suffering, injustice and civil terror that Saddam imposed on Iraq? Where do these idiotarians' values lie, anyway?

Posted by: Joseph D'Hippolito at February 2, 2005 2:54 PM