It’s been a long time since I’ve seen any fighting. I can’t remember my last shootout: it’s been months. The nightmare is ending. Al Qaeda is being crushed. The Sunni tribes are awakening all across Iraq and foreswearing violence for negotiation. Many of the Shia are ready to stop the fighting that undermines their ability to forge and manage a new government. This is a complex and still delicate denouement, and the war may not be over yet. But the Muslims are saying it’s time to come home. And the Christians are saying it’s time to come home. They are weary, and there is much work to be done.
The refusal to enthusiastically support this fragile democracy in the heart of the Middle East is a moral failure of the greatest sort.That the anti-war left cannot recognize the opportunity in front of us is a revelation of their deep alienation from the world as it exists. If America is forced to withdraw by the Democrats and civil war erupts, it will be Cambodia 2.0, and the American left will own a second genocide in a single generation.
At the recent BlogWorldExpo, I asked the audience and my panel if any of them –which included some big names from the far left like Kos and Jerome Armstrong– had read The Looming Tower. They hadn’t, and Kos shouted out that it was no doubt propaganda, an amusing display of deep ignorance on the part of Newsweek’s newest columnist.
The anti-war radicals cannot allow the world of facts to intrude on their constructed narrative, but the country can’t afford their ignorance of both the threat s and the progress in Iraq and beyond. Which is why Michael Yon is a great resource, and why you should help keep him in the field.