Friday, June 23, 2006

The War in Iraq

There have been several good things that have happened in the Iraq war and the War on Terror recently:

  • 6/4/06: 17 terror suspects arrested in Canada
  • 6/8/06: Zarquawi's demise and the cache of intellegence and the subsequent killing and capture of many, many terrorists
  • 6/9/06: the selection of Iraq's ministers of Defense and Interior
  • 6/14/06: our president's surprise visit to Baghdad.
  • 6/21/06: the U.S. Senate voted 86-13 to reject a plan for a timetable of withdrawl of U.S. troops from Iraq
  • 6/21/06: Senator Santorum of Pennsylvania announced that a previously classified document has become unclassified and it reports that 500 chemical warheads (WMDs) have been found in Iraq since 2003
  • 6/22/06: a raid in Miami netted seven terror suspects

But there have also been some setbacks which have somewhat dampened our joy:

  • 6/19/06: the brutal murder of two U.S. soldiers
  • 6/21/06: eight military men charged with the murder of an Iraqi civilian

It seems as though we may be turning a corner in this difficult war.

I have read several good commentaries that I think are worth recommending.

1) The first one is by Rick Moran of Right Wing Nut House. His article is titled, The Immorality of the Democrats' Position on the War. Moran explains why the Democrats' position on a phased pulling out of the war without a plan for victory is immoral. He says that if we really are defeated, let's get everyone out immediately, otherwise soldiers will die needlessly.

2) Secondly, I recommend The Death of Liberalism by Robert Kraft. A substantial treatise on why we must stop terrorism now, and not put it off until later. It is quite convincing and well thought out.

3) Finally, Rick Moran of Right Wing Nut House decries the substandard education our young people are getting in history in his article Why Johnny Can't Find Ramadi on a Map. He explains how our growing ignorance of history feeds our impatience with war. I particularly liked a comment by one of Moran's readers:

"Talk about substandard history education…reading my son’s American history text, one could assume the Revolutionary War was fought and won, almost exclusively, by women and minorities. It would be wrong (and incorrect)to diminish the contributions of women, black slaves and freemen, and some native indians, but I always thought that there were some white guys who did stuff, too."

Take some time to check out these significant articles.


At 9:35 PM, Anonymous itjustme said...

I teach 7th grade history in Texas. Although that is the grade level for the student to learn Texas history in our state, we cannot get passed learning about U.S. history in the process. I have not found our textbook to give the impression that the Revolutionary War was fought and won almost exclusively by women, black slaves, and some native americans. I'm not trying to be ugly; I just thought that was worth mentioning. I do see a push toward political correctness in the way we handle certain subjects. However, Texas being former slave state, I try to be as upfront and honest with my students on the reality of subjects such as war and slavery. I think it would be a diservice to them otherwise. (i.e. the reality is that Texas was once a slave state. Should be we proud of that? I don't think so.)

I enjoyed reading you blog. Very informative.


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