Rebecca Hagelin

Those who follow politics and government are well acquainted with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s sterling character, invaluable experience and superb qualifications for the post. And those who have had the opportunity to observe her first-hand can truly appreciate the intellect and amazing visionary that she is.

Recently Secretary Rice delivered an address at The Heritage Foundation outlining the progress we have made in establishing a more stable Middle East and world by securing freedom for the people of Iraq. The accomplishments of America and our many international allies and the Iraqi people are impressive -- but you wouldn’t necessarily know about them from the daily media grind, which seems to focus only on the tragic loss of American lives. You can read the details in her speech as well as in a comprehensive report by The Heritage Foundation’s James Phillips and other experts who dispel the many myths about Iraq and reveal the truth.

In addition to providing a report on just how far the coalition has come, Secretary Rice also drew on the lessons of history, reminding us that it often takes many years to bring about change. She pointed to the agonizing struggles and seemingly insurmountable setbacks for the allied forces after World War II. As Secretary Rice noted, it must have been demoralizing for the leaders of free nations -- especially after having just secured a hard-won, hard-fought victory -- to watch “strategic defeat after strategic defeat” in the late 1940s. Communists won large minorities in France and Italy in 1946. The next year, there was civil war in Greece and tensions and strife in Turkey. Then, in 1948, Germany was divided and the Czechoslovak coup occurred. In 1949, the Soviet Union exploded a nuclear weapon five years ahead of schedule.

Small wonder some people were writing obituaries for the West then. They couldn’t know that one day several incredibly brave and resourceful leaders (such as Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, among others), and the courage and perseverance of free people everywhere, would eventually engineer what many now consider to have been an “inevitable” victory.

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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