End­ing war now would be a mis­take

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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