Words about War

“George Bush’s faulty and offensive historical analogies aren’t going to end the war in Iraq, make America safer or bring our troops home,” the New York senator said Thursday in a statement. “Americans are tired of the president’s efforts to play politics with national security and practice the politics of division. (source)

Faulty and offensive historical analogies? Is the good senator proposing that President Bush’s analogy is faulty because bin Laden is not like Hitler and Lenin? Kenneth Pollack in his book, The Threatening Storm, compares Saddam Hussein to Hitler and Stalin. Pollack even states that both were among Saddam’s heros. Peter Bergen, author of The Osama bin Laden I Know likens bin Laden to Hitler in an interview that took place in Janaury of 2006. If we examine the activities of al-Qaeda I think we see striking similarities with the organizations that Hitler and Lenin created, at least in their activities.

The question for all generations after World War II is, how do we determine who is the next Hitler? Was it Saddam? Is it Kim Jong-il? Who is the next evil incarnate that will perpetrate such horror that the world will be aghast that they did not realize what they were allowing to happen without taking action? Six years on we have forgotten how it felt to watch as commercial aircraft loaded with innocent civilians were used as missiles on civilian targets on our own soil.

US military forces in Iraq are providing security at the request of the Iraqi government and according to the requirement of UN Resolution. To withdraw from Iraq prematurely would be a tragic and costly mistake. Senator Clinton has vowed to keep troops in Iraq if elected.


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