Jewish World Review Dec. 23, 2004 / 11 Teves, 5765
Creating a brave new democratic world
Some of you older Americans may remember when the New York Times editorial pages attacked the Kennedy and Johnson administrations for striking out and alienating the Ku Klux Klan and other racist organizations across the South during the 1960s civil rights battles.
The way the Times looked at it, these Klansmen were being brutalized and having their rights trampled by a federal government that no longer respected the fact that their racist domination of black Americans was going to be forever changed with radical new civil rights laws JFK and LBJ were pushing through Congress.
Despite the fact that these bigots had dominated the Deep South through fear and torture instead of democratic elections made no difference.
This was not a matter of popular will. Instead, it was about making sure that all elements participated in the New South's democratic process.
Without support from Klansmen and segregationists, any election in Dixie would be invalid. And any continued violence from the Ku Klux Klan against blacks, Catholics and Jews would not be the fault of the Klan, but rather the federal government in Washington.
Maybe I've confused the Times' position on civil rights in the South with their remarkably similar position on Iraq.
This morning the nutbars at the New York Times actually took the Bush Administration to task for not doing more to bring Sunnis and Baathists into the Iraqi political process.
To hell with the fact that 75% of the country that live in the Shiite and Kurdish regions are excited about selecting their first democratically elected president next month.
The Times is emotionally broken up about the 25% of Iraqis who have driven their collective boots into the heads of the Shiite and Kurdish communities over the past half-century.
These supposedly educated editorialists just can't seem to figure out why Baathists and Sunnis are angry about entering a brave new political world where one person gets one vote.
No longer will Shiites be assassinated by Saddam's Sunnis if they dare to tell their followers to worship G-d in their own unique way.
No longer will Kurds worry about whether their political acts will lead to their children and wives dying unimaginably gruesome deaths.
A Stalinist leader who allowed Sunnis to rule by tyranny is in prison, the oppressed are on the verge of being liberated by our country, and the New York Times is bitching about it.
What's wrong with this picture?
The Times editorialists are angry because we destroyed some buildings in Fallujah where the Sunni population conspired with terrorists to kidnap Americans and carve off their heads.
And they're mad get this because we didn't protect Saddam's Baathist thugs from mass firings after moving into Baghdad.
I could almost write the Maureen Dowd column for the day in 2003 after President Bush announced that all of Saddam's henchmen would be welcome to keep their jobs in the Army and police force.
What an ugly, insulting column that would have been.
Thought we were there to liberate from Saddam's thugs...just proves we went in for oil...liberation for Iraqis was never the goal...all about Halliburton...blah, blah, blah.
As 2004 comes to a close, I say let the Sunnis face this brave new democratic world the same way the racist minority in the South had to face integration forty years ago.
They need to face the fact that their tyrannical world has been destroyed. They can help build a better world or get the hell out of the way.
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