A Just War to Remove an Evil Man, by Murdock “Doc” Gibbs

A New Visions Commentary paper published April 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Ct., N.E., Washington, DC 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax 202-543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited.

Regarding America’s war against the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein and those who oppose U.S. and Allied efforts to remove him from power, all I can ask is:

If we don’t do it, who will?

If not now, then when?

And, if Saddam isn’t evil, then what is evil?

Consider this shocking report filed during the first weekend of fighting by United Press International editor-at-large Arnaud de Borchgrave:

“A group of American anti-war demonstrators, part of a Japanese human-shield delegation, returned from Iraq yesterday with 14 hours of uncensored video, all shot without Iraqi government minders present, with Iraqis eager to tell of their welcome for American troops.

“The Reverend Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor of the Assyrian Church of the East, said the trip to Iraq ‘had shocked me back to reality.’

“Some of the Iraqis he interviewed on camera, he said, ‘told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn’t start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam’s bloody tyranny.’

“Mr. Joseph said the Iraqis convinced him that Saddam is ‘a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists.

“‘Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so the [torture masters] could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head.'”

Saddam is not a man for whom diplomacy works. He only understands power and force.

Can anyone really doubt that America’s intentions are honorable? Look at the way the U.S. has invited the press to accompany our fighting forces right into the middle of battle. They’ve got front row seats, if you will, in this theater of war. They are recording images for the whole world to see.

Look at our precision-guided bombs and the way we are strategically and carefully trying to avoid any intentional attacks on civilian locations.

And look at the jubilation coming from Iraqis welcoming Americans and other Allied forces as they march victoriously through Iraqi communities on the road to deposing Saddam and his murderous regime.

If you can’t cheer for this, then what can you cheer for? The Oscars? Puh-leeze.

Hooray for America!

Let Saddam join history’s postscripts of other sadistic, power-mad dictators – despots with a passion for persecution and slaughter such as Hitler, Stalin, Amin, Pol Pot and Ceausescu.

Thank God our President has the courage to do the difficult thing. Here is a man who isn’t guided by polls and popularity. Instead, George W. Bush is guided by principle.

Let every protester see the eyes of hope in the faces of Iraqi civilians who are thanking the American soldiers for giving them an opportunity for freedom from this evil man and his sadistic sons. They are in essence thanking their American liberators for not listening to the anti-war protesters.

Is the look in the Iraqis’ faces, I wonder, any different from that of the Jews liberated from Hitler’s concentration camps as Americans broke through the gates of Auschwitz, Little Camp, Ohrdruf and Nordhausen? Do their faces resemble those of the Kuwaitis as we liberated them from Saddam’s occupation on their country?

War is hell. This war is hell. It is a hell we must walk through in order to offer the “heaven” of freedom to a persecuted people and the “heaven” of safety to an increasingly dangerous world.

(Murdock “Doc” Gibbs is a member of the African-American leadership network Project 21 and a Dallas-area entertainer, speaker and freelance writer. He can be reached at [email protected].)

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