is beginning to win wars without firing a shot. Few people have
been as reflexively hostile to America and its values than Moammar
Gadhafi, the sixty-one year old Colonel who effectively made
himself dictator for life of Libya in 1969. The ripples of this
victory are profound. The admission by Gadhafi that he has been
working hard to develop weapons of mass destruction, combined
with the revelation that Libya was much closer to reaching that
goal than anyone had believed, is a double whammy for Bushophobic
Democrats. No one can still deny that weapons of mass destruction
programs exist, and now it appears that President Bush was dead
on target about the proximity of the threat. Waiting until Libya
had the means to incinerate Milan, Marseilles or Madrid would
have been a first class disaster. Bushophobic Leftists who pretended
that the president misled Americans by alluding to yellow cake
Uranium from Niger may soon face ultimate humiliation. Libya
is a huge nations whose borders stretch deep into western Africa
and Libyan archives may confirm suspicions of British intelligence
sources. Will Dean et al. suggest Gadhafi is a Republican stooge?
simply by publicly stating his opposition to terrorism, will
disrupt the whole shadowy world of fanatical terrorism. The
Colonel will doubtless turn over some real secrets to show his
good faith. He will also stop any detectable support for terrorism.
More profoundly, Gadhafi has become officially neutral in the
war against America. In two years, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya
have been taken off the global chessboard. Al-Qaida and state
sponsored terrorists are losing, not winning, the war. Champions
of defying America like Hussein, bin Ladin and Gadhafi are captured,
hiding or surrendering. This must make the Kamikaze fighters
of Marxist-Islam feel used, bitter and foolish. They were, apparently,
fighting and dying for the vanity of some cowardly and selfish
"revolutionaries" have stayed in power with the same
combination of lies and brutality that their predecessors used.
These "revolutionaries" now have no moral authority
at all. Who will be the next to go? Castro? Iran's mullahs?
Each old gray monster gone makes the other wrinkled murderers
less secure. Throughout the savage world of global Leftism,
men like Mugabe and Assad must be reviewing their personal strategies.
Opposing America used to be fun, simple and safe. Now it seems
to be high stakes poker with the odds strongly against you.
Libya also changes the oil equation in geopolitics. Although
its proven reserves are less than Iran or Saudi Arabia, Libya
still has vast amounts of oil. American petroleum technology
in Iraq and now in Libya can substantially boost world oil production.
When the Iranian people oust their old, mean mullahs, then Iran
will also begin producing much more oil. Plentiful, secure and
cheap oil will help the industrial economies. The reduced threat
of terrorism, combined with easy oil, will keep the global economy
growing. Prosperity always creates pressure on Leftists, who
need misery to justify their demands for power. The white flag
flying over Tripoli also is good news for Israel and anyone
else honestly interested in Middle East peace. Two nations in
the region, Iraq and Libya, will not be rattling sabers at Tel
Aviv now. As money and political support dries up for Arafat
and his murderous subordinates, the chance for genuine quiet
grows. Gadhafi may also reveal much we suspect but cannot prove.
been the role of France and Russia in the effort to keep America
from becoming too powerful? We know that some British politicians
are effectively traitors, but may we also find some American
politicians who are traitors as well? We know that CNN neglected
to mention that Hussein was torturing its own employees in Iraq
so that the network could continue to broadcast "objective"
journalism from Bagdad. What more might we learn in the next
six months? Leftists better start hedging their bets or, better
yet, cashing in their chips. They are losing fast.
Bruce Walker's articles can be found
at the Conservative