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Submitted by Jim Lopey (United States), Jul 8, 2009 at 18:22

Good article overall--however it was quite pessimistic. My brother is currently serving in Iraq as has my oldest son. They report that Iraq has a lot of good people who want to do well in their country. My 19 year old is now in Afghanistan, so events in the Middle East are close to home.

I agree that the Iraqi policies of the U.S. prompted new left wing leadership in the U.S., but if we did our jobs properly, perhaps some long-term benefits will result. Radical Islamic Terrorism encompasses the globe. We cannot let Iran or al Qaeda win in Iraq. Once there, we had little choice but to make the best of a bad situation. Hussein violated 23 or so UN Resolutions. I guess we could have sat around and let him thumb his nose at the world, but sooner or later we would have had conflict with the old Hussein regime. 9/11 hit us like a freight train because no one was really doing what they were supposed to have been doing.

Like it or not, we had better be willing to fight for our way of life and our survival, because extremists DO NOT COMPROMISE. The left leaning U.S. Govt. means well but they too will most likely be bloodied and soiled before they realize that extremism in any form (Muslim extremism included) wants to bring down this country and the West. Al Qaeda and the many groups that support it has three strategic goals: Destroy Israel, Get the U.S. and the west out of the Middle East; and form a Muslim Caliphate. Once that's done they will demand that the west convert to Islam. If we're not willing to go on the offensive and keep extremists running and hiding, we are going to have many more 9/11s. Right, wrong or indifferent, if Iraq falls to extremism, we are in BIG trouble and so is Israel.

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