Emmett Tyrrell

 For now, the Coalition of the Evil is stepping up the carnage assisted by this recent innovation of attacking rescuers and onlookers. Perhaps the intelligentsia in France, Germany and the other European countries who are so critical of our Iraqi presence will expatiate on this innovation in their scholarly seminars and their cafes. Some of Old Europe's most robust thinking is done in cafes. In Paris in the early 1940s, celebrated intellectuals such as Jean-Paul Sartre discoursed on the vulgarity of the English-speaking leaders as the Nazi tourists strolled by. Old Europe's history of appeasement goes back a long way and has taught today's appeasers nothing. I think President Jacques Chirac and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder would look elegant bearded and in turbans -- though their predecessors from the 1930s generally ended up in concentration camps.

 It is appalling to watch these cowards sit back while Iraqis are murdered by the thugs of Hussein and Zarqawi, the little Hitlers of the moment. They actually claim moral and intellectual superiority to President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair and Australian PM John Howard. During the Cold War, the predecessors of these fops made the same claim, but with a difference. Their intelligentsia had excogitated elegant arguments about how President Harry Truman missed opportunities to compose peace with Stalin in the late 1940s. Historians pored over documents that supposedly implicated the West in starting the Cold War. When the Cold War was brought to an end by Western resolve at the end of the 1980s, these same sophists had more documents and theories demonstrating that the Soviet Union was not a threat.

 In the present conflict, the brutes against us are so barbaric that it is difficult for today's sophists to argue that the Coalition of the Evil is not responsible for its atrocities. Instead their argument is that we ought not to be in Iraq. Apparently, the Iraqis were better off with Hussein, a tyrant who committed genocide against his countrymen and such ghastly tortures as putting captives through paper shredders -- feet first.

 The people of Iraq are suffering today not because of their liberators but because Old Europe and the United Nations have failed to join us in investing the country with sufficient numbers of troops to run the insurgents down quickly. The insurgents are for a certitude being run down. The carnage will end. Then, doubtless, the European sophisticates will purr on about humanitarianism and world peace -- matters they have so little experience with.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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