Get it right
InhisCommentarycolumn,“Toogoodatenjoying freedom to fight for it?” (Nov. 6 edition) Mark Steyn cogently points out that we cannot askourselveswhetherwewantthecampaignin Iraq or the war on terror because we already havethem.Heremindsusthatthecorrectquestionbeforeusiswhetherwewanttowinortolose.
For much of the Cold War, too many on the left — in the mainstream media, in our universities, in the entertainment industry and in the Democratic Party — got the seminal event of the 20th century completely wrong. They saw the United States as the warmonger, aggressor, imperialist and denier of human rights, while they gave the Soviet Bloc a free pass and awarded it moral equivalence.
When the facts were in from the Soviets’ secret files and our own Venona (the U.S. Army’s SignalIntelligenceService,precursortotheNational Security Agency), the verdict was rendered:TheUnitedStatesandherallieswerethe good guys, and the Soviets were the evil thugs.
Now the left is at it again, getting the seminal event of the 21st century completely wrong. While we are in a struggle for the survival of Western civilization, those on the left want us to quit. They pretend that if we walk away, no bad will come our way.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Our country has only one commander in chief at a time, and he deserves our full support in wartime. Col. Franklin J. Selzer Air Force (retired) Fairfax, Virginia