If President George W. Bush hadn’t acted courageously to defend the free world after 9/11, Iranians wouldn’t be protesting today for freedom from tyrannical Islam.
His successor, President Barack Obama, and the worldwide leftist coterie of catcallers have falsely blamed Bush for just about everything from the sinking of the Titanic to the rising of the national debt.
Here’s one thing Bush undeniably accomplished about which there should be no distortion or disagreement: He lit the spark of passionate and insatiable hunger for human freedom throughout the world of Islam, from the Mediterranean basin to the farthest reach of the Indonesian archipelago.
It is no exaggeration to suggest Bush may go down in history as the Abraham Lincoln of the Middle East – and Obama as an asterisk of irrelevancy.
If Bush had not seized the moment in history right after the 9/11 tragedies and enlisted fellow Americans in the war on terror: The men – and especially their women and children – of Afghanistan would still be face down in the dirt under the boot of brutal Taliban theocracy. There would be no elected government, inadequate as it yet is, to be defended against Taliban tribesmen intent upon restoring their 4th century. The Sunni dictatorship of Saddam Hussein would still be in power, more dangerous than ever, pressing relentlessly to achieve its full arsenal of mass destruction, from biological to nuclear weapons. Iraq would be a state-funded, state-protected launching pad from which Al-Qaida terrorists could range around the globe. There would be no freely elected Iraqi government in which Sunnis, Shiias, and Kurds could govern themselves outside radical Muslim control. Instead of having regained control of their own country through a free election, the people of Lebanon would still be in thrall to Hezbollah terrorists funded and directed by radical mullahs in Tehran.
Without all that having happened, thanks to Bush, the citizens of Iran would not have dared set foot in the streets of Tehran to protest for a free election and a regime emancipated from radical Islam.
Where do you think those Iranians got the notion that all people, of whatever origin, have a God-given right of freedom? Not from their own tyrants, not from hard-line Muslin schools in Saudi Arabia, not from Cairo, not from Jordan, not from the Palestinians.
All they had to do was look next door to the east, where Afghans were demanding freedom. Or to the west, right across the Euphrates River, into Iraq. Or across Syria, down into Lebanon.
Certainly not to the White House, where the new president is all words and little action, where he can’t seem to make up his mind whether he’s with the Iranian protesters or with the regime against which they are protesting.
Why couldn’t the Iranians have what all those other folks have been attaining since America under Bush lit the torch for the global right to freedom?
“It’s our turn next!”
They learned that from the strong actions of George W. Bush, who spoke for an America that had won its freedom, too. Just look what he started! Those who don’t like what they see today in Iran are entirely right in blaming Bush. The obverse is true, as well.
The inevitable Iranian revolution may not make it all the way this time. But the genie is out of the bottle over there. It’ll make it. America’s revolution took hard work and setbacks. It, too, was inevitable. It came.
The inexperienced fellow now bumbling around in the Oval Office just doesn’t get it. In Iran, the folks he’s too blind or too timid to help – they get it.
John L. Perry, a prize-winning newspaper editor and writer who served on White House staffs of two presidents, is a regular columnist for Newsmax.com. Read John Perry's columns here.
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