Chuck Colson

For example, while there is trouble in the Sunni Triangle, Victor Davis Hanson notes that in Kurdistan, the northern third of Iraq, ?seven million people live under humane government with less than 300 American troops.?

Add to that the interim government of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. It?s a balance between the ethnic, regional, and tribal groups?a balance many thought would be impossible to achieve.

As the interim government takes control on June 30, Iraq gets a bill of rights, and the first Arab democracy in the Middle East  will be born with elections seven months later.

Addressing the Iraqi people, Allawi said, ?Targeting the multinational forces, led by the United States, to force them out of Iraq, would be a catastrophe for Iraq. . . ?

And there?s more. First, in Iran an emerging middle class is becoming increasingly restless and wants democracy. Pressures will build for democracy with our successes in Iraq. Second, apart from Spain, major terrorist attacks have been confined to the Middle East . Third, Libyahas discontinued its nuclear program. To sum it up, when I had lunch with Ehud Olmert, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel, he told me that things were changing dramatically throughout the region precisely because of the U.S. presence in Iraq.

Will things continue to be uncertain and messy? Sure?this is war. As Hanson writes, ?Anyone who thinks thousands of Islamic fascists and out-of-work Baathists won?t want to stop the region?s first consensual government is unhinged. But, again,? he adds, ?for all our mistakes of omission there was and is a plan?and it is now slowly coming to messy fruition.?

But the big question is: Is our effort in Iraq morally justified? Indeed it is. And it?s the front line of our war against terror.

For further reading and information:

Edith M. Lederer, ? UN Endorses Iraq Sovereignty Transfer ,? Associated Press, 9 June 2004 .

Robert H. Reid, ? Nine Iraqi militias will disband ,? Casper Star-Tribune, 9 June 2004 .

?Iraqi Gratitude ,? Wall Street Journal, 8 June 2004.

Paul Wolfowitz, ? The Road Map for a Sovereign Iraq ,? Wall Street Journal, 9 June 2004.

Fred Barnes, ? The Caravan Rolls On ,? Weekly Standard, 7 June 2004.

Victor Davis Hanson, ? The New Defeatism ,? National Review Online, 4 June 2004.

William Safire, ? Progress in Iraq ,? New York Times, 31 May 2004. (Reprinted by the Arizona Daily Star.)

Cal Thomas, ? Recent Iraq history ,?, 9 June 2004.

BreakPoint Commentary No. 030813, ? A Just Peace: The Need for Religious Liberty in Iraq .?

BreakPoint Commentary No. 030326, ? A Shield?s Story: Face-to-Face with Saddam?s Iraq .?

BreakPoint Commentary No. 040531, ? A Soldier?s Valor: Helping and Healing in Iraq .?

Oliver North, War Stories: Operation Iraqi Freedom  (Regnery, 2004).

William Bennett, Why We Fight: Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism (Doubleday, 2002). Call 1-877-322-5527 to order.

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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