The justifications for the Iraq War
should be old news by now but still the shrill cry of "Wheres the WMDs?" continues to reverberate across the political landscape.
Presidential hopeful Howard Dean threatens to lead the Democratic Party to the brink of political oblivion by attacking the
war and advocates the cut and run policy if he were to be elected. The rest of the nine democratic lemmings, as well as many
in the media, have desperately joined the scramble to disavow the war in spite of the fact that many supported it. While the
rest of the nation has moved on, the Democratic Party is preparing to make the Iraq war their major issue in the coming presidential
election. It is embarrassing to watch a major political party seek the sissy vote.
In spite of the the buried centrifuges,
banned missiles, mobile biological weapons labs, the testimonies of defectors and captured officials, captured documents and
thousands of gassed Kurds and Iranians moldering in the grave the there are still those who question whether Saddam had Weapons
of Mass Destruction in the months and years leading up to the Coalition invasion and the inclination to use such weapons.
I suspect that most are really asking whether the destruction of the Baath regime and the ousting of Saddam Hussein was the
right thing to do.
It is indisputable that the Iraqis developed,
possessed, used and coveted WMDs , and were planning to develop the nuclear form of them as soon as United Nations sanctions
were lifted. As to whether they were an undefinable imminent threat is irrelevant and a red herring argument at best. The
real question is whether the Iraq War was a just war. Was liberating the Iraqi people the moral and right thing to do and
will history regard this as a suitable, just and deserved ending of the despotic Saddam regime?
History has recorded in stark black and white
the tyrants and mass murder of the last century. The slaughter of Armenians by the Turks, the insanity of Idi Amin, the apocalyptic
terror of Pol Pot, the ethnic orgy of death in Rwanda, the horrific war against Christians in the Sudan, and the countless
lives sacrificed by Lenin, Stalin, and Mao on the Red altar of Communism. These are just a few on the list that reads
as a nightmarish record of mans inhumanity to man.
Only rarely do tyrants meet the end that
they deserve. The world defeated and destroyed the triple evils of Nazism, fascism and Japanese militarism but only after
the organized slaughter of tens of millions had run its course.
Saddam and his sons have served as just the
latest Middle Eastern incarnation of such terror, war and death. The thirty years of Baathist rule in Iraq produced
wars, invasions, and attacks on three neighboring countries, the direct deaths of over a million people, and ethnic and religious
civil wars with the obligatory torture chambers, execution squads, rape rooms, and chemical attacks on civilian populations.
The laundry list would not be complete without mentioning the funding, arming and training of terrorist groups of all political
and ideological stripes and the attempted assassination of a former president of the United States.
Perhaps the most premeditated diabolical
act was what occurred after the imposition of UN sanctions. The Saddam regime embarked upon the deliberate starvation and
medical neglect of the Iraqi people for political purposes. Tens of billions of illegal petro dollars funded WMD programs
and was hoarded or spent on lavish lifestyles for the elite as the children of Iraq died from neglect, malnutrition, and lack
of medicine. All played out for the eager lenses of the world press and the benefit of the pacifists here at home.
In the end it should be a moral outrage that
it took this long for a coalition of the willing to finally end the reign of yet another of histories monstrosities. When
the Iraq War first started what was heard from the average American was not why are we doing this? but what took us so long?
and we should have taken him out the first time. The blood soaked sand of Iraq deserves better.
The name Saddam will become just another
one word term symbolizing the utter cruelty humanity is capable of inflicting on itself. His shadow will always be with us
and be remembered for its own particular horrors and the unique terror he brought his victims.
The members of the Axis of Evil, Al-Queda,
and their allies have shown no mercy to their victims and should be shown none in return. With a little luck some native Kurd
will mete out some true justice and display the head of Saddam on a pole in a village square somewhere. It would certainly
simplify the worries of providing a proper Muslim burial for a mass murderer and spare the ever so sensitive sensibilities
of the Arab street.
Those that bemoan the use of force against
the Saddam regime or mourn the killing of the Hussein boys share a portion of guilt for the horrific crimes committed by such
criminals. To prevent rape, mutilation, torture and the shedding of innocent blood, to civilize a people, to kill a
sadist, to liberate a country, to bring peace to a region wracked by war and help heal an ancient land is a cause that is
noble and worthy of respect. Civilized and free people have a duty to do what we can to make the world a better, safer
and more merciful place. It is certainly reasonable to prevent rogue ideologies and psychotic personalities from unleashing
their holocaust of terror and vision of destruction on the rest of us.
When you add it all together; a vicious tyrant,
nuclear ambitions, torture, genocide, sponsorship of terror, user of WMDs, combined with a vicious hatred of Israel, America
and Western Civilization, there can be no other conclusion than that the Iraq war was a just war. Untold thousand of
future Saddam victims have President George Bush and the iron resolve of the American people to thank for their lives.
In the course of history few nations have destroyed tyranny instead of imposing it and liberated nations instead of enslaving
them. A nation founded in Liberty has given that blessed gift to the Iraqi people.