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May 30, 2011

It's Important To Remember This Memorial Day That Americans Didn't Just Die And Sacrifice In Iraq, They Won An Important Victory

Via Ben Domenech, Walter Russell Mead makes a very, very important point: Osama bin Laden had a vision for fighting America and the non-Muslim world and it died in Iraq.

But on this Memorial Day it is not enough to remember, and give thanks, that Osamaís dream died before he did and that the terror movement has been gravely wounded at its heart.

Because the dream didnít just die.

It was killed.

And it was killed by coalition forces. They killed it by fighting harder and smarter than the enemy and they killed it by winning trust and building bridges better than the enemy. They did it because they were better, more honorable warriors and better, more honorable partners for peace. Mostly American and mostly Christian, the coalition forcers were more compassionate, more just, more protective of the poor and more respectful of Arab women than the crazed thugs who thought setting off bombs in the market was fulfilling Godís will.

We must continue to honor and thank the Arab allies and tribal leaders who made the choice for America in a dark and a difficult time. But especially on this Memorial Day we must honor and remember the American heroes who by their lives and by their deaths brought victory out of defeat, understanding out of hatred and gave both Muslims and non-Muslims a chance to get this whole thing right.

The story of Americaís victory over terror in Mesopotamia needs to be told. In justice to those who sacrificed so much, and for the sake of those who may have to face similar dangers in the future, somebody needs to tell the real story of how, against all odds and in the face of unremitting skepticism and defeatism at home, our armed forces built a foundation for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East.

Read the whole thing. It's worth it.


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