Friday, January 27, 2006

Don't take the president's word for it - take Zarqawi's

Reposted as history. Originally posted in January of 2005.

Jonah Goldberg - January 26, 2005 -

....the notion that America is in a war for freedom over tyranny has elicited bipartisan snickering and guffawing. In the wake of Bush's inaugural, the chorus of complaints intensified. And understandably so, given the fact that his address was the most forceful articulation of his "freedom" vision to date.

But before the cackles could reach their crescendo, the naysayers hit an inconvenient snag. Musab al-Zarqawi, the "prince" of Al-Qaida in Iraq, appointed by Osama Bin Laden, came out and agreed with President Bush. "We have declared a fierce war on this evil principle of democracy and those who follow this wrong ideology," Zarqawi declared in a statement. "Democracy is also based on the right to choose your religion," he said, and that is "against the rule of God."

Since 9/11 we have suffered criticism from a number of people on the left who are convinced that America deserved to be attacked. They base this conviction on the premise that the people who attacked us did so because of the same reasons that the left hates America. We are rich and we do not do enough to spread our wealth to others. Unfortunately, the people who attacked on 9/11 were the rich, educated and upper class from the Arab societies. They could not possibly be annoyed with America for failing to share wealth when they never gave a thought to the poor of their own countries.

Now the left is repeating their misunderstanding of 9/11 by misreading what is happening in Iraq today. It is clear that much of the reason for the current disagreement over the war on terrorism is simply a world view on the left that has no basis in reality.


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