THE WAR IN IRAQ: WHAT TO REMEMBER
By Dr. William J. Bennett
Iraq is demonstrably better than it was six months ago, six years ago, or sixteen years ago. Of this, there can be no question. Iraq, while dangerous, is safer than it was, freer than it was, more humanitarian than it was.
While we rightfully lament the challenge of internal terrorism, there can be no question that the Iraqi government --
The Middle East has one less thug leading one less thuggish state today. And the current threats from Iraq are exclusively internal to Iraq, and no longer external to other nations, including the U.S.A. and its allies. In Iraq now, it is easier to quell a cauldron than it was to prevent a volcano. We are helping to create the first constitutional democracy in the Arab world -- and someday, someway, we may even receive a letter from Muslim nations thanking us for defeating their tyranny, like the letter from Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel and the "European Eight" earlier in the year thanking us for "American bravery, generosity, and farsightedness [in saving Europe] from the two forms of tyranny that devastated our continent in the 20th. century."
Our efforts in Iraq rank among the crowning achievements of our nation, of our democratic will against tyranny, and our good will for human rights.We are turning one of the worst countries in the Middle East into one of the best countries in the Middle East. For this, we should not be humble. For this, we should not be embarrassed. For this, we should be proud.
The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., just celebrated its tenth anniversary. It is a profound place based on a simple promise: We should never forget man's inhumanity to man. And remembering and seeing with our eyes and imagination is the way not to forget. As with Germany, so it is with Iraq -- we should see and remember.
We should see and remember the videos former New York City Police Chief Bernard Kerick saw in Baghdad:
We should see and remember the plastic shredding devices British Parliamentarian Ann Clwyd brought to the world's attention, with the following witness-testimony by an Iraqi:
We should read testimony from the survivors of the chemical attack on Halabja that killed a minimum of 5,000 people. We should see the torture chambers and the rape rooms. We should see mass graves like the one near al-Hilla that journalist Christopher Hitchens described:
We need to have these images again, for too many seem to have forgotten them.
When I attended human rights rallies in my youth, I used to hear the quote from Tom Paine, that "we have it in our power to begin the world over again." In the Middle East, the cradle of dictatorship and terrorism, we are beginning the world over again. What we are witnessing in Iraq today is what such work looks like. Yet, many have forgotten that all beginnings are difficult.
If our efforts succeed, we will see more constitutional democracy, less war, less despotism, and less torture. And, someday, we may even have the luxury of saying about this, and other memorials to horror, that we do not remember the world that brought them about. In the meantime, let us be mindful that it is in that desert in Iraq that civilization and barbarism are now at war. It has fallen to us to be the arm, the conscience, and the will of civilization. And we have done so by once again pledging our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
And so, to our critics, we say, with passion and conviction: We are proud of our country, we are proud of our fighting men and women in Iraq, and, yes, we are proud of our President. And, on this evening, honoring Winston Churchill, we say, as he said, "Never, never, never, never -- in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force."
The Middle East & the Problem of Iraq
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The Problem of Rogue States:
Iraq as a Case History
The Middle East & the Arabs
Islamism & Jihadism -- The Threat of Radical Islam
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War & Peace in the Real World
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Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.
Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
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