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History in the making

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Dear Editor:The president of a free Iraq at the G8 conference.The German chancellor at the D-Day ceremonies.Former USSR Secretary General Gorbachev at Reagan’s funeral.These three contradictions, all within a few days, are events that would have been inconceivable at any other time in the history of mankind. One, the leader of an occupied country recently liberated coming to a meeting of the world’s eight largest economies, thanking the United States for our sacrifices in liberating his country. One, the chancellor of a country whose country was responsible for the horrific deaths of hundreds of thousands of our soldiers and millions of Jews, taking freedom to the brink of oblivion. And one, the former leader of the bastion of the oppression of communism, coming to honor President Reagan, one of those most responsible for issuing that regime to the ash heap of human history.These profound events would be impossible without the fundamental tenets of democracy and freedom, and speaks volumes for the sacrifices of the dead soldiers who have given their lives for our freedom.When I read and hear the opinions of people who say that freedom will never come to Iraq, that the war was immoral, illegal and that our soldiers have died in vain, I wonder what version of history they studied and why they prefer such a tragic view of the world. Is the sacrifice worth it? Will we win? If you need proof that “W” was right, look no further than the events of this week. Freedom prospers when we confront evil. Will terrorism fail? Will al-Qaida lose? Will Osama one day attend the memorial of our lost and wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan?It is difficult to listen to the mainstream media and especially our local newspapers’ bubble-headed columnists talk in such negative, doomsday terms. You can choose to believe that all is lost. Or, you can choose to believe that eventually, right will win out. I am thankful that people like John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Al Gore, John Dean and the like weren’t defining U.S. foreign policy in 1941, 1961, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2002 and 2003. I am sorry that people like them were defining U.S. foreign policy in 1914, 1939, 1964, 1976, 1993, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000.Had they not been defining U.S. foreign policy at those critical times, the world would be a much better place and far fewer of our soldiers would have died. Millions fewer innocents would have died lonely, helpless deaths in the gulags, death camps and torture rooms. Millions fewer would have had to endure the shackles of oppression and the world, not just the United States, would be closer to our highest aspiration of the shining city on the hill. “If there be injustice for one, there is injustice for all.” The president of a free Iraq at the G8 conference? The German chancellor at the D-Day ceremonies? Former USSR Secretary General Gorbachev at Reagan’s funeral?This has been an exceptional week for democracy and freedom. Nathan SteeleBasalt


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