Tom Daschle speciously lamented that President Bush's attempt at solving the Iraqi situation diplomatically was a "failure"
and "saddened" him. The hypocrisy in the Senator's statement became apparent when it was reported that years earlier
he had supported an attack on Iraq without any attempt at diplomacy. The fact is there have been very few times in world history
where diplomacy has ever freed a suppressed people from a despotic, dictatorial regime.
Both the President and UK Prime Minster Tony Blair fully understand the undeniable reality of this situation: disarmament
could not have taken place without a regime change in Iraq. Military action was an eventual inevitability as long as Saddam
was intent on using diplomatic manipulation to maintain his control of the Iraqi people and the fear of terrorism in the region
Because of their unwillingness to allow another year to pass where thousands of Iraqi children would die of starvation
or another family would be senselessly tortured and slaughtered, President Bush and Tony Blair have been attacked by people
from their own countries hiding behind the guise of their "freedom of speech". Their consequential attitudes' showing
no concern for the Iraqis lack of freedom.
It was this mentality that prompted photographer and potential human shield for Saddam, Daniel Pepper, to admit that he
was, "less interested in standing up for Iraqis' rights than protesting against the US and UK governments". But
he, along with Reverend Kenneth Johnson; another human shield, had major changes of heart after spending time in Baghdad.
Rev. Johnson reported that Iraqis told him on camera that, "they would commit suicide if American bombing didn't
start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam's bloody tyranny". Mr. Pepper
wrote in The Daily Telegraph of London of a taxi driver who confessed that Iraqis' understood "the American's don't want
to bomb civilians. They want to bomb government and Saddam's palaces. We want America to bomb Saddam".
Is this the 'fictitiousness' the incredulous Mr. Moore was alluding to when he was spouting his diatribe at the Oscars?
Listening to many of these people one would believe that the tyrannical dictator who needs to be bombed lives in the White
House instead of Baghdad. Maybe they should stop their monotonous bombast of the President for just a moment and listen to
what some of those from Iraq have to say.
Reporter James Meek wrote in The Guardian that after US Marines took the town of Safwan in Iraq, an Iraqi man cried on
the shoulder of the Egyptian translator, "You just arrived," he said. "Youre late. What took you so long? God
help you become victorious. I want to say hello to Bush, to shake his hand. We came out of the grave."
Many of the Bush haters have started the ponderous rant of how the world was behind us after the tragedy of 911 and now
they arent because of this military action. These people are wrong. The world wasnt behind us, they felt sorry for us. Feelings
of sorrow and sympathy wont end terrorism, just as the Iraqi people, the majority of Americans, and President Bush understand:
taking action is the only way to defeat terror.
Lee P. Butler