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Posted on 10/10/2004 5:05:33 AM PDT by Enduring Freedom
U.S President George Bush and his Democratic challenger, Senator John Kerry will face off in their second election debate tomorrow night. But for Salim Mansur the first debate last week was enough. He's a columnist and a political scientist at the University of Western Ontario in London. On Commentary, he says a Kerry election win would spell victory for terror.
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Once we get past style and engage in content analysis of last Thursday's presidential debate between George Bush and John Kerry, it becomes clear Americans will be voting on distinct alternatives presented by the two men.
Most Americans know where George Bush stands on the "war on terror." Whether they agree with him or not they have understood his consistent reasoning of why Iraq is a central front in this war. They have understood how regime change in Baghdad made America safer in the post-9/11 world. And they know the new Iraq in the making will be a model for a democratic alternative in the Middle East.
Americans were uncertain of John Kerry's views since there were so many contradictions. On Thursday he made clear the war in Iraq is a diversion from the war on terror and a "colossal error of judgment."
It can then be inferred Kerry will hasten American withdrawal from Iraq. Such an inference would be entirely in keeping with Kerry's political instinct, his lesson brought home from Vietnam with the question he posed for the commander in chief: "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"
Democrats nominating Kerry convinced themselves the war in Iraq is wrong and unwinnable. Kerry now has indicated unambiguously his views on Iraq are consistent with his belief America cannot and must not engage militarily abroad unless it is part of as broad a coalition of interests that meets "the global test."
In other words, while Kerry accused Bush of out-sourcing America's war on terror in Afghanistan to Afghan warlords, he will out-source America's foreign policy to the United Nations that is up to its neck in the oil-for-food scandal in Iraq, and has shown its ineptness from Rwanda through the Balkans and Somalia to the tragedy unfolding in Darfur.
But in Iraq where America's reputation has been staked out in the fight for the defence of freedom and democracy, as it once was in the Korean peninsula and in Indo-China, a Kerry presidency will mean conceding victory to Islamists and their fundamentalist sponsors.
An American withdrawal before a new Iraq secures its future (however such a withdrawal is disguised) will plunge the area into hopelessness for another generation. The region will remain stuck in the same hopelessness as Saddam's Iraq represented. It will mean abandonning the region to decrepit dictators and monarchs who will deny their people the 21st century.
For Commentary, I'm Salim Mansur in London (Canada).
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Thanks for the post a good read...
Good point for the President to bring up. Since Kerry says the war is a mistake, then Kerry would have to pose the question to himself as commander. Unless he states that his 1971 judgement was wrong, he would logically have to withdraw from Iraq as he could not "...ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"
Hey, Kerry helped the N. Vietnamese so there`s no reason why he wouldn`t help terror. Remember Kerry insisted that if we pulled out of Vietnam there wouldn`t be any mass slaughter "because it didn`t happen when the French pulled out"...Hey it was only a slaughter of 2 million, so let`s give him another chance.
The American Left make much of the apparent lack of foreign support for Bush's doctrine - this helps prove them wrong.
Mansur is a powerful weapon in the fight for freedom and democracy.
It is hard to believe nearly half of the voters in the United States would vote for such an empty suit as John Kerry.
This rare Canuck friend, who speaks and thinks so clearly, should be on the radio interviewed by Rush, Hannity, Drudge and others.
He can make a difference.
Can anyone help?
A voice heard from in Canada
All of you have posted articles on Terrorism recently.
I wanted to share this great friend to America with you.
John Kerry will defeat himself
By SALIM MANSUR -- For the Toronto Sun
As the 2004 U.S. presidential election nears, there is no doubt the result will be crucial for America and the rest of the world.
George Bush deserves his second term. John Kerry deserves to be beaten -- and the more resoundingly he is beaten, the better it will be for American democracy.
Kerry is the poster-face of those Americans who drew the lesson from Vietnam that misuse of U.S. power is endemic because it serves an inherently exploitative capitalist economy.
Vietnam made these Americans -- predominantly liberal and influenced by the radical left -- turn their backs on the foreign policy shaped by Democratic presidents from Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman to John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.
This was the policy of marshalling America's resources to contain and defeat enemies of freedom.
In Vietnam, this policy ran into trouble. As difficulties mounted there, an increasing number of Americans and leadership of the Democratic party came to view this policy as not only politically misguided, but also morally reprehensible.
Democrats became isolationists and defenders of accommodating the expanding Soviet communist empire by making a virtue of detente, conceived initially as an aspect of containment.
For the more chic lib-left intellectuals, American defeat (as in Vietnam) became a required cure for reforming American society.
In pushing the limits of critical dissent, post-Vietnam Democrats flirted with treason by consorting with freedom's enemy.
While historians debated whether America withdrew or was defeated, Democrats took the Vietnam experience to mean America must not get involved abroad -- whatever the cause.
The defeatist slogan of "bringing America home" formed the theme of George McGovern's Democratic bid for the presidency in 1972 against Richard Nixon. McGovern lost, but defeatism persisted in the administrations of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
American isolationism and defeatism are two faces of the same coin.
In the aftermath of WW I, American isolationism was promoted by Republicans and the consequences were devastating. They learned, and then stood firm in containing Soviet communism.
Defeatism is purposefully stoking doubts about America's capacity and resolve to defeat the enemy when engaged in war. This is what Kerry has been doing -- demagogically magnifying difficulties in Iraq to undermine U.S. resolve to help secure Iraq's future and crush its enemies, who are also enemies of freedom, decency and civilization in the post-Cold War world.
The 2004 election is taking place in the midst of a global war against Islamist terrorism.
Sixty years ago, another presidential election took place with America at war. In 1944, the Republican candidate was Thomas Dewey, governor of New York, going against President Franklin Roosevelt seeking an historic fourth term.
It would have been a monstrosity for Dewey to imagine campaigning for the presidency by blaming Roosevelt for Allied losses.
But this is the shame of Kerry's campaign in 2004 -- his defeatism feeds the delusions of Muslim fascists.
Kerry scorns the courage of Iraqis and their interim leader Ayad Allawi as they fight the dregs of the Arab-Muslim world in their country. Displaying pettiness, he characterizes support for freedom's struggle as depriving Americans of resources domestically.
His thinking and political career remain inseparably connected with Vietnam.
Defeatism in Vietnam resulted in appalling tragedy for millions in the region. Defeatism now will mean Vietnam revisited on Iraq and the Middle East.
Hence Kerry's defeat has become, ironically, essential for America to decisively turn the page on its Vietnam experience, which has stained the nation's politics over the past three decades.
Even more impressive, this article is written by Dr. Salim Mansur, who is a Muslim Journalist and Scholar.
One of the true heroes of the modern world, Dr. Mansur is a Muslim and a Canadian with the courage to speak out against evil.
Sad but true. I've believed from the beginning that Victory could take a century, but Defeat can come in a single day. that day could well be a Tuesday in November....
That history will also make Kerry's election devastating for morale in the military. Watch for a rush to the exits if he wins. His election will create a perfect replay of Vietnam, an era he seems not to have learned a damn thing from.
bump against the pacifist Kerry
Salim is a friend to America...
You're welcome, and thanks for passing this good Muslim's message along!
Salim Mansur is exactly the kind of strong and sensible Muslim voice the world has been waiting for since 9/11.
Good News ~ Bump!
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