You No Shame, Senator Kerry?
Isaiah Z. Sterrett
19 March 2004
John Kerry has staked his candidacy on the assumption that Iraqis won’t be able
to handle peace and democracy.
Call me a crooked liar, but it seems to me that things are improving in Iraq. Consider, for example:
· Nearly 60,000 Iraqi citizens have been trained in the field to be
police officers, soldiers, and border guards and as part of a “civil defense
· In all of Baghdad’s 88 neighborhoods, representatives for local
governing councils have been elected. In all, over 700 Council Members
now work to serve their fellow countrymen. They include Sunnis, Christians,
Shias, Arabs and Kurds, and more than 75 women.
· The generation of electricity reached its highest post-war level
in August, and, according to the White House, is expected to return to pre-war
levels soon. Oil production is also up, with between 1.4 and 1.7 million
barrels being produced each day.
· All of Iraq’s universities are open, and most secondary schools are open.
· All of Iraq’s hospitals are open, and 95% of the clinics are open.
· Thirty nations have troops on the ground in Iraq. This is up from nineteen just two months ago.
· Earlier in the year, Iraqis ratified a Constitution. (Of course,
on the basis of the left’s consistent denunciation of ours, it’s hardly surprising
that they don’t see this as progress.)
· The number of fatalities for all Coalition troops has steadily decreased
since January. While 110 soldiers were killed in November, 15 have
been killed this month. Fifty-two were killed in January, whereas twenty-three
were killed in February.
John Kerry can’t be pleased with these developments. He’s staked his
candidacy on the assumption that Americans will continue to die in the desert,
and on the manifestly absurd notion that Iraqis won’t be able to handle peace
Though that in itself is tremendously condescending, we shouldn’t be too
surprised. After all, these are Democrats we’re talking about.
They thrive on telling unassuming citizens that America needs the likes of
Tom Daschle and Ted Kennedy to protect them from the heinous onslaught of
corporations. Millions of women base their votes in every election
on abortion because Democrats tell them that they’ll lose their “reproductive
rights” if Republicans are in office. Democrats don’t just think they
have different points of view, they think there are a separate and superior
race, and that they are thus the only ones who deserve things like “freedom.”
George Bush’s talk about “liberation” in connection with Iraqis mystifies
For all intents and purposes, Kerry was against the war. His vote says
otherwise, but if he won’t admit it, neither will I. Obviously that
helped him win the nomination, but, as his staff is probably realizing just
about now, it may well work against him once he has to persuade more than
the pot-smoking, man-hating, Barbara Kingsolver crowd.
If there really are foreign leaders hot for Kerry, (1) he ought to come out
and tell us who they are, and (2) we ought to include that fact on the long
list of reasons not to support him. (I note that Democrats pleaded
with Sen. Joe McCarthy to name names when he was Communist-hunting in the
fifties, and yet, as we Republicans ask Sen. John Kerry to name names of
foreign supporters—a far more valid request—he tells us it’s none of our
Assuming Kerry’s assertions have been accurate, we can pretty much surmise
that only enemies of the United States are on his side. We know Tony
Blair is with Bush, and so is John Howard of Australia. Jose Maria
Aznar, before his party was ousted by a bitter electorate, was surely on
Bush’s team, too. Add to that the leaders of Japan, El Salvador, Colombia,
and many eastern European nations.
That leaves the usual suspects: the leaders of…France and Germany.
(We need them! Really we do! It can’t be done without them!)
I hope those two leaders do support Kerry. They deserve each other.
Plus, it would be beneficial to voters. Instead of just listening to
Kerry babble incessantly about working with our allies, he could do it on
Z. Sterrett, a resident of Aptos, California, is a Lifetime Member of the
California Junior Scholarship Federation and a Sustaining Member of the Republican
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