DATE: 2/21/2005 10:17:00 AM
"Unity" - Am I the only person who doesn't think President Bush has to apologize for a thing on his European trip? The media is portraying this trip as the president's "fence-mending" tour through Europe, as though he should go humbly before the Exalted Ones and beg forgiveness for U.S. foreign policy.
If Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schroeder had any class, they would be on a tour through Iraq, apologizing to the Iraqi people for France and Germany's opposition to their liberation. They would apologize to the Iraqis for their support of Saddam's regime through their inaction in the United Nations and through trade deals with the dictator. They would beg forgiveness for looking the other way while Saddam and his sons led through murder, torture and rape.
To the media and many on the left, Chirac and Schroeder are heroes in the narrative of the Iraq war. I hope that years from now, when Iraq is a full-functioning democracy and a model to the Middle East, these men are viewed with the disdain they have so richly earned as obstacles to freedom.