May 22, 2007

Trust Democrats with Foreign Policy?

Excerpted from article by Bob Kerrey in the WSJ

"The critics who bother me the most are those who
ordinarily would not be on the side of supporting
dictatorships, who are arguing today that only
military intervention can prevent the genocide of
Darfur, or who argued yesterday for military
intervention in Bosnia, Somalia and Rwanda to ease
the sectarian violence that was tearing those
places apart. . . .American liberals need to face
these truths: The demand for self-government
was and remains strong in Iraq despite all our
mistakes and the violent efforts of al Qaeda,
Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias to disrupt it.
Al Qaeda in particular has targeted for abduction
and murder those who are essential to a functioning
democracy: school teachers, aid workers, private
contractors working to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure,
police officers and anyone who cooperates with
the Iraqi government. Much of Iraq's middle class
has fled the country in fear."

"With these facts on the scales, what does your
conscience tell you to do? If the answer is nothing,
that it is not our responsibility or that this is all
about oil, then no wonder today we Democrats are
not trusted with the reins of power."

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