Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Guards for Your Future Security

Several Iraqis and others have posted about the fear that elections will lead not to peace but to more war, a civil war. Yes, that is possible.

Sometimes war is worth it.

Is it worth it to take back your country from those who would oppress you and rob you of your lives and freedom? The founders of the U.S., speaking from the
Declaration of Independence thought so:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Is it worth your life to be able to live by faith in good rather than fear of evil?

Absolutely, yes.

We do not throw off government lightly:

...mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
And you have suffered. So now:

...when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Today's Iraq, with a little help from their friends, has thrown off a despotic government. What is left is to remove those who would re-establish rule of despotism, terrorism, and corruption by setting up guards for your future security, beginning with respect for liberty and rule by law.

The fight over Iraq is no longer about old regime or even Islam versus infidel.
The fight now is over control and oppression versus freedom to live a self-governed, happy life.

We who have been paying attention have been mesmerized by the outstanding intelligence, culture and grace you have produced, right alongside the unspeakable devastation, destruction and senseless loss.

We yearn for you to break loose from the evil that stalks you, and bind yourselves irrevocably to higher principles of liberty and law.

Your future security depends not only on your commitment to root out terrorism and oppression, but your willingness to replace them.

Respect for liberty and rule by law are the guards of your future security and peace.

Elections are only the beginning.

Our Founders understood the dilemma.

We have counted the cost of this contest, and find nothing so dreadful as voluntary slavery.--Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received…, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them, if we basely entail hereditary bondage upon them. …[We are] resolved to die freemen rather than to live slaves. (From: Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Their Taking up Arms," co-authored by Jefferson and John Dickinson, and approved by the Continental Congress in 1775.)
Freedom isn’t free.

The elections are a first step. What are you willing to pay for freedom?

Respect for and adherence to liberty and law are key.


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January 20, 2005 at 11:39 PM  

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