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Liberals Always on the Wrong Side

Friday, 11 March 2005 12:00 AM

Earlier this month, an article in the Bush-bashing German publication Der Speigel raised that possibility in its headline. The German writer wondered whether the Bush decision to invade Iraq and the subsequent election might not be this decade's version of President Reagan's trip to Berlin in 1987 when he challenged the Soviets to tear down the Berlin Wall. A couple of years later, the Soviet Union was no more and Eastern Europe, for decades behind the Iron Curtain, was and remains free.

Normally one would want to celebrate these death-bed conversions, but what would be the point? The liberals who opposed the war will be on the wrong side again the next time such a call has to be made. Whether that call comes in the near future or many years from now will make little difference.

How do I know that? Because this is what history teaches. Without having to go back too far, let's just remember the Reagan years. The left told us that Reagan was going to start a nuclear war by confronting the Soviet Union. They cringed, here and abroad, when Reagan gave the "evil empire" speech and challenged the Soviets in Berlin. The liberal Atomic Scientists group said in 1984 that we were three minutes to midnight because of Reagan, midnight meaning a nuclear war with the Soviets.

As my friend Ann Coulter likes to say, for liberals, history starts all over again every day. The same crowd opposed the Cold War arms buildup of the 1980s. They opposed Reagau confronting communist dictators in our own hemisphere. Later, they would oppose kicking Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait even though the whole world and the vaulted U.N. were with us. When it came time to confront Saddam again, their leader, Senator John Kerry, declared it was "the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time."

Now many of them are starting to pretend that they have seen the light. The movements toward change in other countries besides Afghanistan and Iraq have shown them the possibilities of a changed world that may lie ahead.

The liberals want us to believe that they, too, support confronting evil – after you first identify it, of course – and changing the world to save freedom. But that won't happen except in their useless rhetoric.

You can rest assured that the next time America has to take action, the Kerrys and the Carters and the Deans and the rest of the Democratic core will behave as though nothing has happened in these remarkable years. History will indeed have started all over again, and just like all the other times, they will be on the wrong side. We only have to hope that when that time comes, they are not in power.

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