- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 30, 2008



The naivete Chuck Woolery displays in his Monday letter “Taking ‘exceptionalism’” parallels that of what President Bush’s critics cite as his own flawed worldview, seeing only black and white, not the nuance. During World War II, we allied with Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union, which helped us preoccupy Germany with its eastern front, helping us defeat the Germans. Yet Stalin also killed millions of his own people just as Saddam Hussein did; both were used as allies against a bigger threat to peace and stability.

Support of Iraq in its war with Iran during the 1980s revolved around Iran’s attack on the U.S. Embassy and the hostage crisis in 1979, illustrating that Iran was the largest threat to peace and stability of the region. Helping Saddam’s effort in that war effectively countered Iran’s attempt to dominate the region.

Hypocritically, Mr. Woolery also advocates our military intervention in Darfur because of the killings against the religious minorities. Then he demonizes our involvement in Iraq, as it resulted, in part, from the similar attempt to protect religious minorities in Iraq between 1991 and 2003 via the establishment of no-fly zones.

Our commitment to this resulted in Iraq committing repeated acts of war and violations of the cease-fire by shooting missiles at U.S. and British aircraft patrolling the no-fly zones. The killing in Darfur is tragic; sadly, we cannot save everyone. Our responsibility is to act in the interest of the United States. Would Mr. Woolery have us believe that those being killed in Darfur are somehow of “exceptionally” greater value than the religious minorities Saddam was killing in Iraq? If he believes all are deserving of equal protection, he also should be advocating the protections of those religious minorities in Iraq.

Mr. Woolery displays naivete when he says all nations are morally equivalent despite their actions to the contrary. Should Iran and France be treated as equals? Iran routinely has threatened the United States and Israel with annihilation. The primary responsibility of our government is to protect us and our national interests abroad. Mr. Woolery chooses to believe that an attack is “not” likely from Iran on what basis? Is it the cool, rational, composed nature of its leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is “not” prone to outlandish or threatening statements? Is it the fact that Iran has supplied arms to kill Americans in Iraq? Is it Iran’s support of Hezbollah terrorists?



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