As usual, Victor Davis Hanson has a thought-provoking and intelligent essay on why we cannot abandon Iraq and what is in it for us to stay and nurture democracy. I look forward to Hanson's weekly essay and he never fails to amaze me with his perception and clear-thinking.
Finally, for all the media-inspired pessimism, progress continues in Iraq. Despite all the killing, a logic of freedom persists, one that is slowly becoming a way of life for millions and that cannot be derailed by media-savvy murderers. Scheduled elections are on track. A culture of personal liberty is sprouting up, from Internet cafes to secular schools. Kurdistan is emerging as a federated republic. Indeed, Kurdish good will is proof that America wants no one's oil, promotes democracy, and is becoming once again a dependable friend. When the United States has chosen to confront the militias, it has won handily. It can do so again in Fallujah and Najaf should the interim government wish a final victory — and our political leadership at last allows the Marines to eradicate terrorist killers who have turned the city of Fallujah into a murderous sewer.
And, while we are on the subject of Iraq, Wretchard over at Belmont Club continues his analysis of the insurgency and the power vacuum created by the U.S. military success, particularly in the Sunni areas.