As Charles Krauthammer cogently observed not long ago: "The toppling of Saddam Hussein freed 25 million people from 30 years of torture, murder, war, starvation and impoverishment at the hands of a psychopathic family that matched Stalin for cruelty but took far more pleasure in it."
So, let this be understood: Iraq's pervasively broken condition did not develop overnight and cannot be put together in short order.
But the conditions in Iraq that greeted the victorious army have been improved in many important respects. Indeed, many of the achievements can be measured in the postwar potential catastrophes that were prevented.
There has been no refugee crisis. There has been no humanitarian crisis. Starvation has not occurred. And a health crisis has not developed.
Just as you are never likely to read in your daily newspaper a headline declaring "No Murders in U.S. Capital Over the Weekend," it is the nature of journalism not to report on a calamity that hasn't occurred.
Well written at the Washington Times. Read the whole thing here.
Thursday, June 26, 2003
AND JUST WHEN WE NEED IT A VOICE OF REASON TO BRING US HOPE.