True or False: The Iraqis want the coalition forces out of Iraq now. For the answer go here.
True or False: Iraq's Arab neighbors want the coalition forces out of Iraq now. For the answer go here.
The genuine fears of the people whose lives are placed in jeopardy if the Democrats have their way in Washington are apparently of secondary concern to the leaders of the Democrat party and various other anti-war spokespersons around the country who insist we withdraw regardless of the consequences. It doesn't matter that our presence is the only hope the Iraqi people have of ever achieving a secure future for their children. For some reason, never very clearly or cogently articulated, that doesn't enter into the rhetoric of those who want to get out as soon as possible.
The demands for immediate withdrawal remind me of a letter written by the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Sirik Matak, back in the 1970s. The Democratic congress had decided to abandon Southeast Asia to the communists by cutting off funding for the war, just as Democrats are talking about doing today. The American ambassador to Cambodia offered Matik the opportunity to escape. Matik replied in words that should be engraved in a monument and placed on the floor of both houses of congress: "I cannot, alas, leave in such a cowardly fashion. As for you, and in particular, for your great country, I never believed for a moment that you would have this sentiment of abandoning a people which has chosen liberty." Matik remained in Phnom Penh and was brutally murdered, along with a quarter of the country's population, by the Khmer Rouge.
This young Iraqi, photographed by Michelle Malkin in Iraq, speaks for millions of Iraqis and Arabs who know full well that if the U.S. leaves before Iraq is self-reliant it'll only result in war, pestilence, famine, mass murder and torture throughout the region:
See Michelle's blog for an explanation of this pic and more photos from her ongoing embed with the troops in Baghdad.RLC