Get it right

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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