Found a few interesting takes on the war . . .
Why Look For Reasons to Feel Gloomy?
April 23, 2003
Hardball host Chris Matthews went to New Haven and said in a speech, "I was wrong about the war." And, boy, he was. He couldn't have been more wrong if he had tried to be wrong. Nicholas Kristof came out in the New York Times, and tried to write a column admitting he was wrong, but he just couldn't bring himself to do it.
He admitted he was wrong here and there, but we were still much more wrong in other areas. He just couldn't bring himself to do it. These liberals were so wrong, and the people that were wrong are now hoping they're going to be right on the aftermath of the war. I know there are a lot of you out there concerned that the Bush administration has really blown it, and lost control of Iraq to the Shi'ites. Oh, ye of little faith.
It was only earlier this week that I had to remind people we were in Japan for seven years after the end of World War II. We were in West Germany for four years with our military another six beyond that. Eighty years after our own founding we had the Civil War, for crying out loud. To expect this stuff in Iraq to just roll off the assembly line is crazy.
It's clear to me that the destabilization that's being attempted in Baghdad and in the southern cities of Nasiriyah and Basra is all coming from Iran. Iran has covert agents that they've sent across the border trying to stir all this up on the basis of religion. The mullahs and ayatollahs of Iran have done it because, like Bashar Assad in Syria, they're really feeling the heat. They're worried about their own regimes toppling. The last thing they want in Iraq is democracy. There's no way any neighboring Arab country is going to allow a democratic regime in this Palestinian state, either. It just isn't going to happen.
"Why, Rush, why?" Well, I'm glad you asked. The best questions I get are often the questions I ask myself. The reason is simple. If you extend democratic, republican-type freedom to Arab citizens in a Palestinian state, all other Arab citizens in totalitarian states are going to want it for themselves. And then you're going to have little effervescent pockets of unrest boiling all over.
You have to let this stuff play out over there. By no means will it be easy and it certainly isn't going to be fast, but we remain the good guys. Here we are in the midst of an overwhelming success, and I don't understand the desire, even among some on the right, to find a reason to feel gloomy or to find an area to point to and say, "Oops we've lost." Just relax out there and stay positive.
It is always interesting to read all sides of the issue - steph