One has to remember that there hasn’t been an Arab victory since perhaps the crusades, so I’m sure pride and ego was a bit damaged by this turn of events. Also since not the entire Arab world is under the domination of a brutal dictatorship, many can’t quite put themselves in the shoes of the Iraqis. Any liberator, even a western liberator, would be welcomed. Fortunately for the Iraqis, we are in their country to liberate and not conquer and it’s obvious they realize this. And I believe it’s important that we continue to do our best to not further damage these peoples pride if we can.
Now here is the part where I get myself into trouble. I think it’s also the responsible thing to not overly gloat over the tremendous success of this undertaking. Yes the talking-heads, the armchair generals, the nay-sayers, the liberal-left, and the peace at any price crowd are in fact proven 100% wrong.
That said however, I don’t think it’s constructive to dwell on this.
People have various points of view, and all are equally worthy of consideration, some just happen to be completely wrong, and others happen to be correct. I believe that the important thing is that the Iraqi people be provided with every opportunity to transition from a 30 year brutal dictatorship to a form of government that will care for it’s people instead of suppress them. In fact the entire Arab world needs to be shown how much better things would be if they gravitate in that direction.
Further, it’s also important that the Arab world and others understand what is at stake and how much they have to lose if they continue to foster hatred towards the west, and in particular the United States. The United States is the solitary super power and as demonstrated, it absolutely will use its incredible military might when it feels it is in fact necessary.
One last thought; As the days go by, I’m sure we will be discovering all sorts of things in Iraq that will further validate the correctness of the Bush Administrations actions. However, I caution those who may have been in opposition to give credit where it is due and cease your negativeness or you will become irrelevant and non-credible, and for those who have been cheering this action on to just remember that if you rub it in peoples faces, it only serves to irritate instead of educate.