Take some time and read Victor Davis Hanson's article, The Fruits of Appeasement. I found this article via Right Voices. Reilly has titled the post, Can One Man Make A Difference? I think so. The real question is if George W. Bush has the guts to continue with his "cowboy style" and go after the next member of the Axis of Evil. The subtitle of Mr. Hanson's article is Sooner or later, we had to face down Islamic terror. What took us so long? Will Bush Jr. go after the Mullahs in Iran, or not?
Here is an excerpt from Hanson's article:
"But if we know how we failed to respond in the last three decades, do we yet grasp why we were so afraid to act decisively at these earlier junctures, which might have stopped the chain of events that would lead to the al-Qaida terrorist acts of September 11? Our failure was never due to a lack of the necessary wealth or military resources, but rather to a deeply ingrained assumption that we should not retaliate—a hesitancy al-Qaida perceives and plays upon." (City Journal, Spring 2004.)
Read Peter Schwartz' hard-hitting article, American appeasement in Iraq. Here is an excerpt from the article:
"In logic and in justice, there is only one means of "winning public support," in Afghanistan or Iraq: eradicating every trace of the former enslavers. If that is not sufficient, then the support is not worth gaining. Our only concern should be toward those who value freedom enough to recognize the inestimable benefit our troops have given them. As to all the others -- they need not like us, only fear us." (Peter Schwartz, 04/12/04.)
Related: My post, THE BATTLE OF IDEAS: CHICKENHAWKS VERSUS PACIFICISTS.
UPDATE 04/14/04: Read Allen Forkum's analysis in the post, Give War A Chance.
For more cartoons like this, check out John Cox & Allen Forkum's book, Black & White World.