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Defeatists and Democracy
Undermining the fight for freedom...
[Michael Nevin Jr.] 2/18/05
On the 29th
anniversary of the fall of Saigon General Vo Nguyen Giap, the
legendary commander-in-chief of North Vietnam’s military,
Vietnam anti-war protestors for their contribution to the communist victory, “I
would like to thank them,” the general told Reuters. Former
North Vietnamese Colonel Bui Tin explained, “Through dissent and protest
[America] lost the ability to mobilize a will to win.” With
the help of certain journalists who couldn’t tell the difference between
victory and defeat on the battlefield, the communists prevailed. While anti-war
spitting in the face of our returning troops, the people of South Vietnam were
being slaughtered by the thousands.
Militant Islamists understand recent American history, and
they understand that the only way to defeat America is to turn
her against herself. Although President Bush handily won reelection,
the defeatists have decided to continue their apoplectic campaign.
Formerly known as liberals or progressives, the defeatists apparently
prefer the status quo of despotic power over the prospect of
On the eve of Iraq’s first democratic election since
the fall of Saddam Hussein, Senator Edward Kennedy stated, “We
must recognize what a large and growing number of Iraqis now
believe. The war in Iraq has become a war against the American
occupation.… The U.S. military presence has become part
of the problem, not part of the solution.”
Not to be
outdone by the senator, Rep. Lynn Woosley (D-CA) sponsored
in the House of Representatives calling
for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Although
this pathetic piece of legislation will never see the light of
day, the timing was remarkable as millions of Iraqis risked life
and limb to participate in voting, a watershed moment in history.
It’s a right that Woosley and other liberal lemmings have
taken for granted since birth. The ever-prescient Woosley explained
to those of us less familiar with warfare tactics that, “The
insurgency will slow down as soon as they don’t have the
U.S. military as their target.” But
leaving Iraq now would assuredly create a power vacuum, and some
would be willing to fill it. Iraq’s interim President Ghazi
al-Yawar, who doesn’t seem to agree with the American defeatists,
inveighed that it would be “complete nonsense for them
to leave in this chaos.” Premature
military withdrawal would embolden terrorists around the world
because America would
be seen as weak. Somewhere, General Giap is smiling.
Michael Moore, Hollywood’s favorite malcontent and V.I.P.
at the Democratic National Convention, once compared the terrorists
who attack our troops and innocent Iraqis to the Minutemen of
the American Revolution, and he predicted victory for our enemy.
But the election in Iraq may prove to be the death blow to both
Moore’s crystal ball and the head-loppers pouring into
must be feeling the pain. After elections in Afghanistan and
Iraq, the Bush Doctrine has received early
vindication. Democracy can be seen spreading throughout other
regions in the world as witnessed by the vote of the Palestinian
people and in the former Soviet Bloc country of Ukraine. Slowing
the spread of freedom is tantamount to putting toothpaste back
in the tube—it ain’t gonna happen. The belief that
some people “aren’t ready for democracy” is
simply cultural condensation.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,
the self-proclaimed “enemy of democracy” and
most wanted terrorist in Iraq, sounded like a college professor
seeking tenure when he explained his theory. Zarqawi opined, “Now
they are completely preoccupied with making the big American
lie called ‘democracy’ successful.… (T)hey
have deluded them that their happiness and prosperity is conditional
upon this inadequate human system, and subsequently the infidel
American administration declared war on Iraq and Afghanistan
because it is the primary protector and guardian of democracy
in the world.” Zarqawi, like the erstwhile Viet Cong,
can expect continued support from fellow travelers here in the
When America was
attacked on 9/11 and suffered the worst single day loss of
life on her soil since the Battle of Antietam, we
needed to start thinking outside the box. The barbarians got
inside the gate, and they are deadly serious about their intentions.
Notwithstanding the drivel sputtering from the defeatists, it
remains clear that militant Islamists hate us for who we are—not
what we do. By promoting freedom and the spread of democracy,
America strengthens herself. The fact that the American Left
seems all too willing to sit on the sidelines and wring their
hands at the very sight of progress by the reelected Bush Administration
speaks volumes about their political desperation.
The cut-and-run defeatists
remember the anti-war protests of the Vietnam era with fondness.
I’m not so sure that history
agrees. But I am confident that history will be kind to the grunt
who is snuffing out insurgents in the Sunni Triangle. The defeatists
will not be so lucky in retrospect; but then again, they don’t
seem to mind being on the wrong side of the fight.
Christina “Vietnam’s hero still
grateful to anti-war Americans,” Reuters (swissinfo.org),
 Limbacher, Carl
et al. “Gen. Giap Thanks Kerry and
Co for Anti-War Protests,” NewsMax.com, 5/1/04
 Senator Edward
Kennedy’s speech at Johns Hopkins
School of Advanced International Studies, 1/27/05
 “Poor Timing,” Editorial:
The Press Democrat, 1/28/05
 “Iraq’s Al-Yawar Says U.S., Other Forces May
Be Cut By Year End,” Bloomberg.com, 2/2/05
 “Zarqawi and other Islamists to the Iraqi People:
Elections and Democracy are Heresy,” The Middle East Media
Research Institute, 2/1/05 No. 856
2005 Michael Nevin Jr.