Yes, indeed. Liberation of the people of Iraq from Saddam. Liberation of the people of the world from the threat of nuclear or bio/chemical enslavement or death. It's the most persuasive sales pitch for taking down Saddam, and the one Secretary of State Colin Powell rightly used before Congress. (begin ital) Q: Oh, come on. Powell may be a nice guy. But he's a lightweight. So is Condoleezza Rice . Both of them happen to be black. Are you revealing your own racism? Condi Rice is so good, she would be a great vice-presidential choice for a second Bush term if Bush should decide he doesn't want to put Cheney's weakened heart to another four-year test. Condi for veep: Remember, you heard it here first. (begin ital) Q: You're wandering from Iraq. Several days ago, Jordan's foreign minister, Marwan Muasher, said, "It is a scary notion that the (Arab/Muslim) region can be rearranged to fit the United States." He added: "You don't inject democracy through a syringe and expect it to work." How does he know? Not Jordan - not a single Arab or Muslim state except Turkey - is even close to democracy. In May, Jordan itself jailed for 18 months the only woman ever elected to its parliament (Toujan Faisal) on four charges of lying "that hurt the state's integrity and honor" when she accused the monarchy of corruption. That's democracy with a vengeance. (begin ital) Q: You don't put a whole lot of stock in the word of Arabs and Muslims, do you? And for good reason. Jordan lectures us about democracy. The Saudis jerk us around on oil prices and basing privileges, and are only marginally cooperative in the investigation of 9/11 - when a hefty majority of the suicide-bombers were Saudis. If weasel-wording Yasser Arafat understood the meaning of truth, there likely would be peace with Israel now. If Saddam were a man of his word, he long ago would have destroyed his weapons of mass destruction instead of making more. And if the regimes in his neighborhood had any moxie, they would say publicly what they believe privately - that he is a menace - and would be leading the resolutions battle in the UN to urge what must be done.