The problems in Iraq, in the radical Middle East at largeâ€”with democratization, with nuclearization, with Islamismâ€”are not, repeat not, a lack of dialogue with Syria and Iran.
We know what both rogue states wish and it is our exit from the Middle East and thus a free hand to undermine the newly established democracies of Lebanon and Iraqâ€”in the manner that all autocracies must destroy their antitheses.
They both sponsor and harbor terrorists for a reasonâ€”to undermine anything Western: a Western-leaning Lebanese democracy, a Western-style democracy in Iraq, a Westernized Israel, or soldiers of the United States in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Syria, as we see once again with the killing of Pierre Gemayel, is practicing serial murdering in Lebanon. . . . Iran is a rogue nation that seeks bombs to use them against the regionâ€™s only viable democracy in Israel. Neither Damascus nor Teheran can tolerate a democratic Iraqâ€”no more than the Soviet Union would have allowed the Baltic Republics to have pro-Western democracies or Nazi Germany wished to be a partner in peace with republican Czechoslovakia.
Yes, yes, we need perhaps to have a national â€œdialogueâ€, but not over talking to Iran and Syriaâ€”but instead whether we wish to continue to fight and win this war.
Read the whole thing.