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Memorial Day: The War in Iraq ^ | May 29, 2011 | Walter Russell Mead

Posted on 05/30/2011 12:58:13 PM PDT by ransomnote

Osama’s dream was to shift history into the realm of myth. He passionately believed that the ordinary course of mundane history wasn’t what really mattered: there was a divine and a miraculous history just behind the veil. Osama aimed to pierce the veil, to bring hundreds of millions of Muslims into his reality, transfixed and transported by the vision of a climactic fight of good against evil, of God against America and its local allies.

That dream died in Iraq.

But on this Memorial Day it is not enough to remember, and give thanks, that Osama’s dream died before he did and that the terror movement has been gravely wounded at its heart.

Because the dream didn’t just die.

It was killed.

And it was killed by coalition forces. They killed it by fighting harder and smarter than the enemy and they killed it by winning trust and building bridges better than the enemy. They did it because they were better, more honorable warriors and better, more honorable partners for peace. Mostly American and mostly Christian, the coalition forces were more compassionate, more just, more protective of the poor and more respectful of Arab women than the crazed thugs who thought setting off bombs in the market was fulfilling God’s will.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: memorialday; soldiers; war
I excerpted the part of this much longer article that moved me the most. It's a very interesting (IMHO), worthwhile article and I hope you may consider reading the whole thing.
1 posted on 05/30/2011 12:58:19 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote

After I posted this I realized there are some FReepers who may well find this article offensive because they believe Osama was not killed etc. I hope those who feel that way will see past that issue for the sake of Memorial day and the respect that I wish to show our armed forces. I post this article to focus attention on worthy people - those who fight and alas, sometimes die doing so - in the service of our country.

2 posted on 05/30/2011 1:12:27 PM PDT by ransomnote
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