Has Always Exported Liberty
© 2003 by Doug Patton
week, like many Americans, I had my fill of the intellectually
smug, America-hating, self-proclaimed moralists among us who
keep repeating the mantra that the United States of America
is in any way comparable to the bloody tyrants we are trying
to eradicate from the face of Iraq.
brutal regime of Saddam Hussein, a sadist dictator who for
a quarter century has systematically raped, tortured and murdered
his own people while plundering their resources, is about
to come to an end. The only questions that remain –
and they are big ones – is how long it will take and
how costly it will be.
the way, America must endure the wails of dissent protected
by our First Amendment. It would be refreshing if those doing
the wailing would at least read history.
the Nazi regime was defeated in 1945, the United States could
have left the country in ruins or enslaved its people as the
Soviets did. Instead, we helped the German people rebuild,
retool and learn how to rule themselves. We also helped them
to become an economic powerhouse.
Japan was utterly defeated and under our complete domination.
They had viciously attacked us. They had killed thousands
of our greatest generation. Yet, we gave them the authority
to determine their own destiny, to choose their own leaders,
to become a free country.
two powers had made war on us, and with the fate of the world
hanging in the balance, we defeated them and then chose to
give them their own self-determination.
September 11, 2001, America was attacked without mercy. Our
leaders have tried to tell us that a link existed between
that attack and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, but the know-it-alls
of Hollywood and the media knew better. Now, with terrorists
from al-Qaeda to Hesbala to Islamic Jihad showing up to fight
alongside Saddam’s Republican Guard, the truth is beginning
to unfold. Evidence of chemical and biological weapons turn
up daily along the route to Baghdad, and each mile brings
our troops closer to finding the cache of banned armaments
we know this regime has.
don’t even try to equate what we are doing or how we
are doing it with the people we are facing on this battlefield.
Bravery and cowardice have rarely been more strikingly evident
than they are in Iraq. There we are, in military uniforms,
fighting a war by the rules. Meanwhile, Saddam’s loyal
fanatics dress in civilian clothes and ambush our troops.
of all the terrible weapons in our arsenal, we take great
pains to use only those that perform pinpoint surgical strikes
on strategic military targets. They hide in Mosques, schools,
hospitals and confiscated homes, using helpless women and
children as human shields.
Our forces are
made up of volunteers. They coerce conscripts at the point
of a gun.
reach out to their people with food, water and candy for the
children. They reach out to us with suicide bombers.
treat prisoners with the respect demanded of civilized nations
on the battlefield. They shoot them in the back of the head,
display their bodies on television and then throw them into
seek to seize control of the massive Iraq oil reserves in
order to turn those resources over to the Iraqi people. Saddam
Hussein, who has squandered that wealth for his own crazed
self-aggrandizement, torches the precious oil fields when
it becomes apparent that he is no longer in control.
seek to live in peace and see freedom flourish throughout
the world. They seek to kill us, on the battlefield and off,
and to go on brutalizing their own people.
fight for our security and for Iraqi independence, and go
to war as a last resort. They fight simply to dominate and
We export liberty.
They export terror.
Patton is a freelance columnist who has served
as a political speechwriter and public policy advisor at the
federal, state and local levels. His weekly columns can be
read in newspapers across the country and on www.GOPUSA.com,
where he serves as the Nebraska Editor and as a member of
the GOPUSA news team. Readers can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.