Fallujah & Al-Sadr’s Goons

I’ve refrained from commenting on what’s happening in Iraq right now because in my opinion, the information that’s coming out the country just isn’t good enough to allow us to get a full picture of what’s happening.

However, I can tell you this: We will pacify Fallujah, we will break al-Sadr’s men (he does not have wide support), we will end the rioting, and al-Sadr will end up in a cell or a pine box. How long will this take & how many of our Coalition partner’s troops, American soldiers, and innocent civilians will die? I honestly don’t know, although I think we should have a much better idea of how things are going to play out in a week or so.

This certainly isn’t good news and in fact the only possible upside I can see to this is that we’re much better equipped to deal with these threats today than a fragile, new Iraqi government would be on June 30th. So by clearing out a lot of the bad elements in Fallujah and breaking al-Sadr, we may give Democracy in Iraq a better long-term chance of success.

Helping the people of Iraq build a democracy is difficult, but if we succeed, and I certainly believe we will, it’ll be just as important as helping Japan or Germany become free was. The example set by a free Iraq is the key to helping the rest of Middle-East move towards Democracy, which is the ultimate key to defeating terrorism long-term & thereby preventing a terrorist from one day detonating a nuclear weapon on American soil.

It’s tough, really tough, to know there are American soldiers, contractors, & our allies over there getting shot at, wounded, & killed. But, what they’re doing is vitally important not just for the people of Iraq, not just for the Middle-East, but for all of us here at home. They’re risking their lives in a foreign land, so civilians like us won’t end up having to risk our lives trying to get out of a burning skyscraper or climb out of the twisted wreckage of a bombed out train. God bless and keep ’em safe while they’re doing what has to be done in Iraq right now….

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