War in Iraq has not been solely about liberation of the Iraqi people—disarmament is a key driving force—but to them, that is what matters. And it matters to the rest of the world, too. For if Saddam were to stay in power indefinitely, there is no telling when he would turn against the world. Look at Stalin, the man upon whom Saddam has modeled himself, right down to the creepy moustache. Although he had never directly engaged America, scholars now believe that shortly before his death—which many suspect involved foul play—“Uncle Joe” intended to start World War III. Had he done so, untold millions would have perished—and the world would be a radically different place today.
Soldiers fighting in Iraq are fighting for nothing less than our freedom—and our children’s freedom. They are fighting to topple a man who ritualistically tortures his own people, who has used weapons of mass destruction, and who had invaded two of his neighbors. Because he refused numerous opportunities to disarm or simply choose exile, this is a war of Saddam’s choosing—and the brave men and women from America, Britain, and elsewhere have not backed down from the fearsome challenge. They have not just the prayers and support of their countrymen, but of the Iraqi people as well. As the Iraqi taxi driver told Pepper, the former human shield: “All Iraqi people want this war.”
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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