February 1, 2005
What a wonderful scene it was in Iraq on Sunday.
People with purple fingers, indicating they had voted in the first election in that region in years.
For many, it was their first election ever.
The jubilation in the streets was an affirmation that President Bush is headed in the right direction with his freedom plan.
But this is just a first small step.
The terrorists won't give up.
They'll try again.
The Iraqis and all Arab and Muslim people who oppose their twisted theology and perverted minds must now step-up and do all they can to eradicate the killers.
It is their future and they must seize it for themselves.
The enemy knows he cannot defeat the United States and so he has relied on the opposition in this country as the communist North Vietnamese did during the Vietnam war.
That war was decided at home and at home is where we lost it.
In fact, more than one North Vietnamese leader said the antiwar movement was a central part of their strategy.
Much remains to be done, in Iraq and against the terrorists, but thank goodness the first step has been taken on the road to democracy.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.