The Corner

Re: Hitchens on Where We Stand Now

From a reader:

Mr. Robinson,

Just a quick remark on the interview you conducted

recently with Hitch….

[T]his enlightened rambling

produced, in my view, one of the most important points

that could have been made at this juncture in the war

– Bush’s inability to articulate to Americans the

utter disaster that awaits Iraq if we should withdraw

within the next year. It is all too easy to grow

uncomfortable and impatient in this country without

comprehending the terrifying consequences of a

precipitous withdrawal from the region. We cannot, as

Hitchens said, even conceive of the vulgar

possibilities that will arise from handing over Iraq

and its people to Al-Qaeda and an assorted mess of

other sectarian groups. This is too important to get

wrong….

I happen to be a liberal who agrees with Hitchens on

most issues, but to those conservatives who do not –

remember that we cannot forget what led us to see

eye-to-eye in the first place. We have seen a common

enemy in Islamic Fundamentalism, and while often at

odds ourselves, we understand the stakes in this

keystone nation in the Middle East. May we always be

willing to offer what solidarity we can to the Iraqi

people, regardless of what the opinion polls offer us.

 

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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