Not a Time for Restraint in Iraq

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, April 08, 2004

Not a Time for Restraint in Iraq

After taking new casualties, including eighteen combat deaths in Fallujah and nineteen others and numerous wounded since last Saturday, the marines are striking back.

Yesterday, they bombed a mosque in the center of Fallujah. Insurgents had taken refuge in the mosque and fired on marines from inside, making it a legitimate target of war.

This is the approach necessary to weed out opposition to American efforts to liberate Iraqis and offer political, personal and religious freedom to all. Only those who oppose such freedoms would oppose this effort.

In America, those liberals like Ted Kennedy who claim Iraq is worse than Vietnam or like John Dean, who claim President Bush is a bigger liar than Richard Nixon, say such things for their own political purposes and agendas.

Restraint won’t change the minds of fanatics. Wiping them out is not just the best policy, it is the only policy.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.

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