Monday, March 19, 2007

Good Days and Bad Days

“The world is rid of Saddam Hussein,” the President tells us on the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq. Condoleeza Rice says “it is worth the sacrifice.”

That’s it? All our loss of lives and limbs to remove Saddam Hussein from a balcony shooting off a rifle while George W. Bush was behind a podium shooting off his mouth? All the sacrifice of our safety from terror and our standing in the world to get Saddam hiding in a hole instead of living in a palace? All those billions of dollars to get him tried and hanged?

Four years and one day ago, there were bad guys and good guys in Baghdad, and no Americans were being killed. Now we don’t know who the good guys are and who are the bad, and the President tells us “there will be good days and there will be bad days ahead.”

What was today? Eight worshippers die in the explosion of a Shiite mosque in Baghdad, and a dozen more are killed by four car bombs in Kirkuk.

What about yesterday when nine beheaded police officers were found in Ramadi and the “Peace Hotel” was destroyed in Fallujah, killing or wounding at least 20, when a U.S. Marine was murdered in the province and two other soldiers died in Diyala, when 18 bound and tortured bodies were discovered in the Iraq capital?

Unfortunate, the President and Secretary Rice tell us, but Saddam Hussein is gone.

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