Wednesday, September 21, 2005
A Note Of Thanks
In a Wall Street Journal editorial today,
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani writes “There is no more important international issue today than the need to defeat the curse of terrorism…A transformation of the Iraqi state and Iraqi society is impossible without a sustained commitment of soldiers from the U.S. and other democracies.”
Iraq’s democratically elected head of state, government and Parliament and the fact that members of the most repressed ethnic groups now hold the highest offices of state are a result of the courage and vision of President Bush and his allies.
Talabani continues, “Without foreign intervention, the transition in Iraq would have been from Saddam's bloodstained hands to his psychopathic offspring. Instead, thanks to American leadership, Iraqis have been given an opportunity of peaceful, participatory politics…The rapidity of the democratization and reform of Iraq is staggering. There was no German state for four years after the Second World War. By contrast, Iraq has moved from a…dictatorship to a decentralized, federal republic in half that time…For all the short-term problems, the soundness of the long-term strategy of building up Iraqi forces was demonstrated in recent days when Iraqis took over sole control of security in the holy city of Najaf… Without American forces, the vision of American leadership and the quiet fortitude of the American people, Iraqis would be almost alone in the world. With its allies, the United States has provided Iraqis with an unprecedented opportunity. Iraqis have responded by enthusiastically embracing democracy and volunteering to fight for their country. By giving us the tools, your troops help us to defend Iraqi democracy and to finish the job of uprooting Baathist fascism.”