March 22, 2007
We must stand for victory In Iraq
(Page 3 - Previous Page)(No one dares to suggest the same for the abandoned Iraqis.) They are mistaken.
If we flee Iraq, our own security will worsen. Islamists will be emboldened, concluding that we don't have the stomach for this long-term conflict. They will attract more recruits, since fence-sitters always prefer the winning side.
If Iraq falls to the Islamists, it will prove once more how foolish anyone would be to depend on the United States for support and protection. Muslims trying to create humane societies and even friendly Middle Eastern dictators will draw demoralizing conclusions, further strengthening the Islamists.
This does not mean inevitable defeat. But we face a long period of struggle, in which victory is not assured. Hitler prevailed for a time; he might have won. Dark ages happen.
Our ultimate victory over Islamism will be easier if we win this battle in Iraq.
Paul Kujawsky (email@example.com) is a member of the California Democratic Party Central Committee.