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It is not the crucible

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Submitted by yuval brandstetter MD (Israel), Feb 5, 2006 at 08:28

I disagree strongly that the crucible of Tyranny was the prequel to democracy in Germany and Japan. Rather it was utter and complete defeat and debasement plus an iron-handed rule by the victors which changed the prevailing winds. Victory must be clear, uncontested, unilateral, unconditional, and backed by ruthlessness equal to that of the Tyrant.

The vanquished, in addition to laying down their weapons, must bury their ideaology. Only then could democracy take hold.
None of which is true in the Middle East. America has not won the war in Iraq, rather, it has been sucked into a giant grinding machine. As long as Arabs in Iraq bear arms, and adhere to Jihad, victory has not been achieved.

The same is true of the Holy Land. As long as a single Arab carries arms, and adheres to basic tenets of Islam, Jihad, there will be no end to the violence, and certainly no democracy, unless you dignify the Nazi party with that word.

Americans choose to be in Iraq, and be mangled. The Jews have no choice but to stay. They can either stay and win, then help establish a true democracy, or they may stay and fight, and fight, ad infinitum.
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