3.20.2006

A Moment of Glory: Operation Iraqi Freedom

In honor of this occasion, when the winds of change and liberation began blowing in the Middle East; when the freedom bell began ringing; when the long aspiration for freedom and dignity began its path into reality, I will repost my article Iraq Victory: Middle East Salvation, which had been quoted by the Philadelphia Inquirer.


IRAQ VICTORY: MIDDLE EAST SALVATION

The U.S. will not abandon Iraq.

To me, it means that the U.S. will not abandon the Middle East. Some recent stances and statements in the U.S urging to quit Iraq have shocked me. I find it, and I am sorry for this expression, extremely irresponsible, and definitely harming U.S. interests and the Middle East democratization movement.

I definitely look positively at any deliberate prospective troops reduction, but setting a timetable of withdrawal, such as U.S. giving up, would blow up the reform movement and the liberal renaissance in the Middle East after Iraq and Lebanon. Furthermore, that would also blow up the American interests and credibility in the region. Jeopardizing all that for some political gains is something approaching treason.

The Americans must clearly know that this war in Iraq is a requisite for ensuring the 21st century as an American century. The post-cold war chaotic international order is dying because it is no more able to tackle world problems and the new dangers and serious threats endangering the U.S. and the rest of world, especially since 9/11. Pre-empting those dangers and threats, adapting to the changing geopolitics of the world and reacting to it, ensuring the American interests wherever in the world and creating the foundations of a new consistent, coherent and competent international order are requisites for an American century and American-guaranteed international peace and stability.

What has been done after the world war ΙΙ is something alike, so what is happening now after 9/11. When Europe was geopolitically the heart of the world, America moved to Europe and fought there with ideas and forces to restore and maintain peace and stability. Europe is no longer the heart of the world; the strategic center is moving eastward to the Middle East. The Middle East now is a key region to security, energy and world geopolitics -– as a strategic location to approach the rising powers and future rivals, China and India.

Iraq has become the base of transforming the Middle East and eliminating the authoritarianism and totalitarianism with the democratic shine and the western back up. Furthermore, Iraq is becoming the real base of changing the geopolitics of the region and replacing the old Middle East regional system with a new one, more modern, transparent, democratic and integrated with the world, ending the cold war era and the Soviet legacy in the region.

The consequent new Middle East is a key factor in the process of development of the new world order, which would cope with world stability, security and progress. We are facing a historic challenge and task, so we should apply a relevant and responsible approach.

The war in Iraq is the war of the Middle East. It is a war of ideas and powers. The fearful totalitarian terrorist regimes are fighting the United States in Iraq as a symbol of fighting and intimidating the spreading free world after the cold war, to destroy the democratic perspective and to surround freedom in their countries.

The war is worthy of all the sacrifices that have been made, and victory is inevitable, and not so far away. Those brave soldiers in Iraq are ensuring America's security and interests for decades to come and getting our freedom dream in the Middle East a reality, which is turning into international objective and necessity.

Let freedom blow.

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