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Best week in recent memory

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Submitted by linda (United States), Jul 26, 2006 at 13:23

It's been the best week in recent memory -- an extremely significant one for the civilized world. Dr. Pipes, I think I'm more optimistic about it than you. Is this a global turning point, or am I fantasizing?

Today Maliki, although there's anger at him about not denouncing Hezbollah, said some really significant things. He said the same terrorists who hit the U.S. on 9/11 are the same people who are creating terrorism in Iraq -- thus hitting home the reality that contrary to what most liberal Democrats say about various factions, etc. etc., -- that the problem is one of a worldwide problem of fanatical Islam.

And in saying, "Standards of living have been raised for most Iraqis," he contradicted what many anti-war people claim, also talking about moving "from mass graves" to "human rights and freedoms" through their Constitution.

And he said, "Iraq will not forget your support as we establish a lasting democracy." I know some would pooh-pooh all of this. But as our soldiers continue to die, as well as Iraqi people, it was important. Have we all forgotten the feeling any person with a heart felt when the Saddam's statues were pulled down? This is a war of ideas, the same as with Communism. Hearts are won by such strong moments in time, not by rhetoric and polished public speakers. Bush's promise on the WTC rubble has been kept. And we owe him a huge thanks -- through all of the criticism, ridicule -- he is the man who stepped up to the plate.

The world is beginning to figure out that the the west isn't going to go down quietly. Silly liberal Democrats in the U.S. are still waxing poetic about the days of Bill Clinton, when jihadists like bin Laden mocked his inaction. (I clearly remember Clinton saying with the bombing of the USS Cole, "This will not stand," only to do absolutely nothing.)

The Democrats showed it in their faces today -- they looked nervous, because President Bush is looking better and better everyday -- reminds of their faces shortly after 9/11. It was such an obviously calculated, insincere when Bill Clinton endorsed Lieberman -- because it was only after he and Hillary got nervous about the right's possible newfound support from some pro-Israeli voters (probably not many, but a few could make the difference).

With the world really teetering right now, their elections will look shaker -- because Americans know Bush will be stronger in crisis than ridiculous Democrats. And please, people who are obsessed with Maliki and his non-denunciation -- please look at the bigger picture.

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