The Iraq Study Group has issued many specific recommendations, but the options boil down to a maddeningly limited range: pull out or send more troops to do democracy-building and, either way, "engage [with]" the hostile regimes in Iran and Syria. Missing from the list is the one option our self-defense demands: a war to defeat the enemy. If you think we've already tried this option and failed, think again. Washington's campaign in Iraq looks nothing like the war necessary for our self-defense.Read on here and find out Elan's answer. He makes another important point, which also goes to his answer, and it is this:
What does such a war look like?
Those who say this is a "new kind of conflict" against a "faceless enemy" are wrong. The enemy Washington evasively calls "terrorism" is actually an ideologically inspired political movement: Islamic totalitarianism.Good point -- a point so fundamental that it should never be forgotten, as it has been too often.
Meanwhile, Yaron Brook makes the point that capitulation is the only way to describe the Iraq Study Group's proposals.
The Iraq Study Group endorsed the increasingly popular notion that America should ask Iran and Syria to help bring peace and stability to Iraq.It's the same 'shortcut' that's been tried for the last sixty years ... and just look at where it's got us.
"But Iran and Syria are our enemies," said Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. "These countries are responsible for the maiming and deaths of numerous American soldiers in Iraq. For months Iran and Syria have been fomenting terrorist activity against American troops and Iraqi civilians, providing terrorists with training, weapons and explosive devices. "The United States should be bombing, not 'engaging,' these terrorist regimes.
"Any U.S. appeal to Iran or Syria for help in Iraq would be suicidal and immoral. By evading the evil of these regimes and pretending that they're peace-seekers who share our goals, the United States would be encouraging and rewarding their aggression. Dispensing with moral judgment is not a short-cut to achieving peace; it is a sure way of unleashing and goading the killers to redouble their efforts against us."
LINKS: What real war looks like - Elan Journo, Ayn Rand Institute
Iran & Syria are our enemies - Yaron Brook, Ayn Rand Institute
The long, long trail of appeasement, capitulation and death - Not PC (Sept 11, 2006)
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