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Our Middle East Without Bush

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Submitted by Chuck Mack (United States), Dec 30, 2008 at 14:13

Hi Daniel:

What you leave out of your article is what the Middle East would look like if there had been no Bush. At the end you admit that given the new kumbaya policy of the Obama admin, Bush may turn out to look better later. This is sort of like the issue of Hitler and Britain. Many argue that Britain might have kept an empire if had not chosen to fight Hitler. You know, cut-a-deal, kumbaya. But, that is silly. No one can ever know the exact outcome of letting Hitler go on his rampage uncontested. Yes, Britain might have been better off, assuming an all powerful Hitler looked benignly upon an England of losers. So too in the Middle East. If there had been an attempt to summon Bin laden into a federal court along with the other terrorists, perhaps they might have agreed to federal court jurisdiction, and there really was no need to fight. But, that is nuts. Hitlers live for the wars. Terrorists live for the terror. And, unfortunately, kumbaya folk live for the kumbaya feeling. Let's just say Bush stepped up to the plate and fough the hard fight.

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