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The Weblog at The View from the Core - Fri. 01/28/05 06:19:51 PM

Hanging in the Balance

More than any time since the War Against Saddam Hussein began, March 19-20, 2003, our future hangs in the balance this weekend, January 30-31.

No, I don't mean the Iraqis' future. I mean our future.

If we do not succesfully plant the seeds of democratic government in the Middle East — beginning with Iraq, and expanding thence over the years & decades & generations — our children and grandchildren will be condemned to live in a world where freedom of religion and conscience — where the rule of law and respect for individual dignity — won't even be memories because they will have been obliterated.

The United Nations, when it's not busy engaging in greedy and lustful corruption, is impotent. The European Union is figuring out the longest, most complicated, and excruciating way to commit self-castration. Nobody else is even in sight.

The power of the United States of America — military, financial, diplomatic, and cultural — to project its force around the world, to remove despotic regimes and enforce the beginnings of freedom amongst peoples who have never known it, or have no living memory of it, is what stands between us and the Dark Ages of the Future.

That, and the courage of Iraqi citizens — those who stand for office, and those who vote. Please keep them, and our soldiers in Iraq, in your prayers these days.

I, for one, am confident that they will acquit themselves well.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Fri. 01/28/05 06:19:51 PM
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