Ending war now would be a mistake
The war in Iraq can end in two ways. In a year or two, the fledgling government may achieve a semblance of a stable, anti-terrorist Iraq. If so, the terrorists will go elsewhere, probably Somalia, and would then concentrate on inflicting their demonic destruction on Europe and the United States. Or, the insurgents and terrorists could establish an Islamic government and use that as their base of operations. Either way, we will be worse off after we leave Iraq.
Many do not realize that the war, which was declared by the terrorists, will go on for at least a generation. It will be much better if the battles are fought by our military outside the country rather than experiencing massive civilian casualties here at home. Remember Osama Bin Laden’s spoken expectation was of killing over 30,000 of us in his carefully planned and timed World Trade Center twin tower destruction. The media’s concentration on the horrors of terrorist war and their inciting our capitulation gives great incentive to the terrorists to try again for a big score here in America.
War is a hell which can be maximized or minimized depending on timing. However, until the second coming, war will exist in some form or another. In the case of terrorist attacks, the only mistake we can make is to eliminate pre-emptive attacks. It was right to eliminate Saddam Hussein. Just imagine him still ruling Iraq and defying the toothless United Nations during the recent rocket attacks on Israel.
It was wrong in 1979 to withdraw support from the Shah of Iran, who was eliminating the radical Islamists and to allow the Ayatollah Khomeini to take over. Just imagine a Westernized Iran, pro-American, with the strongest airforce and army in the Mideast, existing today. The Mideast situation would be drastically different. That costly error was promoted by the New York Times, which did not like the Shah’s methods, and the sycophantic media who allow the New York Times to do their editing. Frank Solis Woodbury, New Jersey