Cal  Thomas

Blair correctly linked terrorists and terrorist states: "The risk is that terrorism and states developing weapons of mass destruction come together. And when people say, 'That is fanciful,' I say we know the Taliban supported Al Qaeda. We know Iraq under Saddam gave haven to and supported terrorists. We know there are states in the Middle East now actively funding and helping people who regard it as God's will in the act of suicide to take as many innocent lives with them on their way to God's judgment."

If ever there was a time when people could play politics over world events, this is not it. While President Bush's critics say he lied about the reason for toppling Saddam, the dictator plots his return to power and thugs who make up the "axis of evil" watch to see if we will quit and, thus, clear the way for them to do more evil.

Saddam must be found and tried for crimes against humanity. Iraq must be rebuilt into a thriving democracy. To settle for less will invite more terrorism and more states seeking weapons to massively destroy, or at least blackmail, the United States and Britain.

Blair's conclusion sounded like an old-fashioned Fourth of July peroration: "Tell the world why you're proud of America. Tell them when 'The Star Spangled Banner' starts, Americans get to their feet .. Tell them why Americans, one and all, stand upright and respectful. Not because some state official told them to, but because whatever race, color, class or creed they are, being American means being free. That's why they're proud."

It would be nice if more Americans - especially those engaged in political one-upmanship - felt and spoke this way.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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