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A BRITISHER’S VIEW: The new wave of change can’t lose perspective now

Gung-ho gumption has been replaced by wobbly knee-jerk submission as America’s War on Iraq re-defines itself for those who missed the point at its onset. Or, have since deviated from it. Three years ago, a courageous global move by the Free World to avenge a new breed of blood-lusty terrorists – hailing from a culture and theocracy few were familiar with, and even fewer wanted to tangle with – has proven to be a migraine-inducing enterprise, now trailing in the gloomy and complex bog of focus and logic. On the domestic front, America’s Congress is caught between a rock and hard place as the new House speaker strives to secure a swift conclusion to America’s troop intervention in the Persian Gulf, and Democrats and Republicans sharpen their claws towards one another beneath the guise of bi-partisanship. Across the pond, the British prime minister’s imminent successor is already distancing himself from his past pro-war agenda by decrying the Butcher of Baghdad’s “deplorable” execution and sending a message to our opponents that the passage of time can heal – even absolve – their deadly penchant for world restlessness. Make no mistake, the job of protecting America from the jealousy and hatred of its sworn enemies is a difficult, arduous, unrewarding and deadly work in progress. Yet, Free World leaders, who covet public office, cannot languish in its perquisites when confronted by the tough challenges of government, administration and international policy-making. Nor can they lose perspective, at this crucial time. Else, we suffer the consequences of not learning from hindsight, despite having plenty of opportunity in recent decades to acquaint ourselves with the workings of the Islamic world and its untamed and volatile societies. The fundamentals of dealing with fundamentalists and their fractious factions is an exercise in rudimentary mathematics: those, who spawn and spread terror with indiscrimination cannot expect tolerance and appeasement from a world which has transcended its barbarianism in favor of an order of civility. The change, so aspired to by a new roster of world leaders, can only arrive if we continue to keeps tabs on those nations, who stink of carnage, reek of human rights violations, topple for a lack of moral fiber and defy those tenets of modern-day society called diplomacy and compassion. Until such time, people, who have been raised like weeds in iron-fisted strangleholds, devoid of ethics, need to be kept in check. At all cost. E-mail “A Britisher’s View” at All letters become the property of Courier-Life Publications and are subject to publication unless otherwise specified; please include your name, address and daytime telephone number for verification.

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