Wouldn’t pulling out give bin laden a victory and the will to go on?
Ben Laden had a victory the day you walked into Baghdad. He probably also rejoiced when Bush won his 2nd term.
The will to go on is irrelevant for the kind of monster who seems to delight at the death of innocents. He’s not after anything and that’s why you can’t discourage him.
Now that this is out of the way, I don’t think Ben Laden represents a threat anymore. He is the world’s most wanted fugitive and in that position, there’s not much you can accomplish. However, he unleashed the beast that is global terrorism and there’s no way you can put it back in the box using violence. Matter of fact, it feeds on the very violence you throw at it. You need to act on the causes instead of the quixotic journey you embarked on. And as painful as that may sound to some of you, the answer lies somewhere at the intersection of Chavez’s speeches, Ben Laden’s rhetoric, UN general assembly resolutions, world’s public opinion and Eisenhower’s '61 address.
It seems to me that you folks stopped using your brains after 9/11 and started making decisions with your hearts. I empathize with that and want you to know that the trauma was general. Now, it seems to me that most of you are coming out of the delusional state you were in (We have the strongest military on Earth, therefore we can crush those ants!) and, like any Sunday morning hangover, are contemplating the extent of the damage you’ve caused. Yes, a little bit more alcohol will clear your head for a while, but it can only worsen the condition in which you’ll spend the rest of your day.
In short, no. Pulling out of Iraq will not be a victory for Ben Laden. It will certainly be one for the Iraqis who can finally start dealing with the wreckage you caused. It’ll be a victory for the (largely) disfortunate young kids who can finally come home to their loved ones. I’ll be a victory for the secular and moderates in Iraq who can finally have a chance of rallying people to their cause. It’ll be a victory for the great number of veterans, intellectuals, students, journalists, politicians as well as the mothers and fathers who have been trying to talk some sense out of Bush for four years now. Most of all, it’ll be a victory for those of us who believe a better world is possible.
Next time you talk to bin laden, tell him that Rudy is coming.
Let me know how he takes that.