Beirut, Baghdad

(Wall Street Journal/FrontPageMagazine) Fouad Ajami - For our enemies, it is mightily important that we fail in Baghdad, and be forced to leave. Who would wish us well - strangers trumpeting new possibilities in lands made weary by cruelty and cynicism? As we had sacked the Tikriti-Sunni order, what assurance was there that the minority Alawite regime in Syria would survive? America must put Iran and Syria on notice that a terrible price will be paid by those who would aid and abet terror in Iraq. They must be told that a different America - driven by a sense of righteous violation after Sept. 11, 2001 - has turned up in their midst.

2003-08-26 00:00:00

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