The official Palestinian Authority broadcast media have cranked up hate propaganda against America, Israel and Jews. On April 22, in addition to the usual scenes of “martyred” female homicide bombers clad in white and floating beneficently across the screen, viewers were treated to this: “Be certain that America is on its way to utter destruction, America is wallowing (in blood) today in Iraq and Afghanistan, America is defeated and Israel is defeated, and was defeated in Lebanon and Palestine. … Make us victorious over the community of infidels. … Allah, take the Jews and their allies, Allah, take the Americans and their allies … Allah, annihilate them completely and do not leave anyone of them.”
That’s not defeat and retreat talk. That’s the talk of victory and self-confidence.
In an April 26 op-ed for The Washington Post, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat — a lonely voice within his party because he favors victory for our side and for Iraq’s elected government — said that while progress is slow, it is visible but will take more time. He said even if Iraq’s Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds were to achieve a political solution tomorrow, the threat of al-Qaida would not go away.
Lieberman concludes: “The challenge before us, then, is whether we respond to al-Qaida’s barbarism by running away, as it hopes we do — abandoning the future of Iraq, the Middle East and ultimately our own security to the very people responsible for last week’s atrocities — or whether we stand and fight.”
Lieberman has chosen to “stand and fight and win,” which is better than defeat, retreat and having to repeat the battle somewhere else against a much stronger enemy, with many more casualties.
It’s shameful that so many Democrats running for president appear ready to accept defeat and retreat if it advances their presidential prospects, no matter the prospects for the security of Iraq, the Middle East and the United States.
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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