Clicking on banner ads enables JWR to constantly improve
Jewish World Review Sept. 26, 2003 / 29 Elul, 5763

Tom Purcell

Purcell
JWR's Pundits
World Editorial
Cartoon Showcase

Mallard Fillmore

Mona Charen
Linda Chavez
Ann Coulter
Greg Crosby
Larry Elder
Don Feder
Suzanne Fields
James Glassman
Paul Greenberg
Bob Greene
Betsy Hart
Nat Hentoff
David Horowitz
Marianne Jennings
Michael Kelly
Mort Kondracke
Ch. Krauthammer
Lawrence Kudlow
Dr. Laura
John Leo
David Limbaugh
Michelle Malkin
Jackie Mason
Chris Matthews
Michael Medved
MUGGER
Kathleen Parker
Wes Pruden
Sam Schulman
Amity Shlaes
Roger Simon
Tony Snow
Thomas Sowell
Cal Thomas
Jonathan S. Tobin
Ben Wattenberg
George Will
Bruce Williams
Walter Williams
Mort Zuckerman

Consumer Reports

They would not leave

http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | You heard what happened at Arlington National Cemetery when Hurricane Isabel struck. I wish our politicians could learn from it.

For the first time in its history, soldiers who man the Tomb of the Unknowns were given permission to leave their posts if the hurricane became too dangerous. But none would leave.

It is their job, after all, to honor and respect those who died for their country - to never forget their sacrifices - by marching before the tomb. And when the rain and winds were at their most powerful that night - more than 20 trees were uprooted at the cemetery - the Sergeant relieved his staff and stood vigil himself for 5 1/2 hours.

Meanwhile, just a few miles across the Potomac in Washington, D.C. our politicians have been chattering away. Sen. Ted Kennedy said the war in Iraq was a fraud. He said it was concocted by the Bush Administration for political gain - that they distorted and misrepresented the facts to get us into the war.

When you listen to such cynicism, it's easy to forget that just two years ago innocent Americans were murdered by people who hate us. It's easy to forget that we are at war with an enemy unlike any we've fought before. That our long struggle will require an approach and commitment unlike any before. That we're sure to stumble and readjust as we go.

Kennedy pretends that he is worried about our troops -- that we should bring them home -- when surely he knows that his words embolden our enemies. The strategy of those who are killing our troops is to foment discord in America. The more they believe they are succeeding, the more they will attack and Kennedy surely knows this.

Donate to JWR

It doesn't take a seasoned political operative to see what the Democrats are up to. As the long process of rebuilding Iraq is under way, Americans are second-guessing the cost in money and lives. Though the economy is recovering, job growth hasn't just yet. As a result, Bush's poll numbers are faltering. Democrats smell blood.

And so they strike.

They know that Bush's strategy in Iraq was incredibly bold. Some believe it was idealistic, reckless and unjustified, but it was certainly bold. Instead of letting the terrorists spawn and grow and attack us anew, Bush attacked the heart of terrorism itself - the corrupt regimes that nurture hatred and lies. If we can jump start a true democracy in the Middle East, then perhaps we can drain the swamps of terrorism altogether.

Kennedy knows that it is in everyone's interest for democracy to succeed in Iraq. He knows that it will take time - new water, electric and telephone systems need to be built. Banking and financial systems need to be in place. Twenty-five million people need to learn the lessons of democracy, how to vote, how to rule themselves so that they may prosper and be a model for the world.

And Kennedy also knows that things aren't so bad in Iraq. More than 65% of the Iraqi people want us to stay. The vast majority is glad Saddam is gone and see a brighter future for their country - if only the experiment that worked so well for America can succeed in their country, too.

So at a time when America should come together to rebuild Iraq - at a time when we should forget our political differences when so much is at stake for us and the world - what are the Democrats doing? They're taking pot shots, fueling discord, doing everything they can to beat down Bush with hopes of recapturing the White House.

There is a time when duty and honor calls and for the sake of our country we should simply do what is right, regardless of the consequences. As the presidential election nears, too many of our politicians in Washington are not heeding that simple call.

I recommend they take a cab over to the Tomb of the Unknowns where such selflessness is on display 24 hours every day.

Enjoy this writer's work? Why not sign-up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.


Comment on JWR Contributor Tom Purcell's column, by clicking here.

Up


09/19/03: A radical idea
09/12/03: Food Guide Pyramid has a "stupidity factor"?
09/05/03: Flag waving and football cheering
08/29/03: People who have it all, too often don't
08/25/03: Attack of the 'virus twits'
08/08/03: Why not have a whole slew of the world's dignitaries and leaders come by to visit you?
08/01/03: Do you really want to live until 500?
07/18/03: "Ain't-my-fault" lawsuits are becoming more creative
07/18/03: The real story never makes for good summertime drama in Washington
07/11/03: Government bureaucrats, not elected officials, are really the ones determining what people and organizations can and can't do
07/03/03: Overworked Americans
06/27/03: The Metrosexual Male
06/20/03: Crime Etiquette in Washington, D.C.
06/13/03: My Father, the Thief and the MGB
06/05/03: An Open Letter to Bill and Hillary
05/30/03: We are a busy people
05/23/03: Liar, Liar
05/16/03: Laffer all the way to the bank
05/09/03: My mother's house
05/02/03: Teaching the Iraqis how to protest
04/25/03: Iraqi TV
04/21/03: Explaining Democracy to the Iraqis
04/11/03: Major increases to the beer tax? That's a cheap shot right to the beer gut
04/04/03: War humor
03/31/03: Dolphins, PETA and the USA
03/21/03: Traffic Wars
03/14/03: Ronald Reagan's St. Patrick's Day
03/03/03: My Family's Tragic Secret: We're French
02/21/03: I'm worried about my people
02/14/03: George Washington Makeover
02/07/03: Making quiet sacrifices
01/24/03: "Gimme the, goo-goo, gah-gah, remote!"
01/21/03: "Misunderestimated"
01/10/03: Republican night life
01/06/03: Exercise pills
12/31/02: They provide unending joy to those who are wise enough to let them in
12/13/02: Hurried Man Syndrome
12/06/02: In DC, snowstorms have important ramifications --- or, at least, they should
11/26/02: Police advertising
11/15/02: An Interview with Osama
11/01/02: How to vote in America
10/25/02: On edge in Washington, D.C
10/11/02: Giving new meaning to "selling your body"
10/04/02: Bush's Angels
09/27/02: Conservatives, Liberals, Dick Armey and Barry Manilow
09/20/02: Are SUV drivers are the new GOPers?
09/13/02: Bubba is Dubya's man
09/06/02: The Freedom to Picnic
08/16/02: Ah, the $izzle of anti-terrorist pork
08/09/02: Vacationless prez and gutless Americans
07/26/02: Study gives women permission not to hide their emotions
07/15/02: Patriot food
06/28/02: Eavesdropping on a San Fran classroom
06/21/02: The crowded skies
06/14/02: Contemporary Father's Day: A conversation for the ages
06/07/02: Legal rights for animals?
05/19/02: Advice for prom goers this year: Hold onto your money
05/10/02: Don't take her for granted
05/03/02: Letter to the parents of a tubby teen
04/26/02: Zacarias Moussaoui gets expert legal advice

© 2002, Tom Purcell