U.S. State Department representatives and counterparts from Iran sat down together to discuss the future of Iraq. It is appalling to think we would consider inviting Iran to sit down and reason together. How can one reason with the unreasonable? How can we consider negotiating with a nation that staunchly refuses to heed the duly recognized International Atomic Energy Commission’s call for a halt to its nuclear enrichment program?

Iranians are waiting for America to pull up stakes and go home – and that is exactly what the Democratic majority in Congress is lobbying for. If they succeed in imposing an arbitrary timetable and pulling American troops out of Iraq before their job is done, a passive world will once again have the opportunity to sleep through the genocide of one people and the decimation of another.

Without American troops to protect their enclave, the Kurds of northern Iraq will once again be exposed to the genocidal urges of Iraqi successors of Saddam Hussein. Under cover of his war with Iran in the 1980s, Saddam gassed to death some 200,000 Kurds. If U.S. troops are pulled out before peace is restored to Iraq, millions more may die.

This is not only a possible scenario for Iraqi Muslims who oppose Kurdish aspirations for self-rule. It is not unlikely that Turkey, in an effort to resolve its own issues with its Kurdish minority, will cross into Iraq and impose its own solution on the Kurds – not unlike the one it devised for the Armenians at the beginning of the last century.

America’s abandonment of Iraq’s warring Sunnis and Shiites to their fate would mean removing all restraints on a Muslim religious/civil war, in which a death toll could reach millions. Sunni death squads will kill Shiites, and Shiite death squads will kill Sunnis in a cycle of death that will resemble the killing fields of Cambodia.

In the world war against terrorism, as in two previous world wars, America does not have the option of standing on the sidelines as millions of innocents are killed. Just as America demonstrated the moral clarity to depose Saddam Hussein, it must finish the job, both for the sake of the Iraqi people and for the entire world.

Make no mistake; the main adversary in Iraq today is not the growing threat of civil war, but Iran – the country that is fomenting civil war by infiltrating suicide bombers, arming insurgents and daily murdering both Iraqi civilians and American soldiers. When Iraqi President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not threatening the U.S. with thousands of suicide bombers or to wipe Israel off the map with nuclear weapons Iran is racing to produce, he spends his time trying to export his Iranian revolution and undermine Iraq’s struggling democracy.

The State Department’s report on terrorism names Iran as “the most active state sponsor of terrorism. Its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Ministry of Intelligence and Security were directly involved in the planning and support of terrorist acts and continued to exhort a variety of groups, especially Palestinian groups with leadership cadres in Syria and Lebanese Hezbollah, to use terrorism in pursuit of their goals.”

Either Iran is an axis of evil, or it is not. If it is, then Bush’s world war against terrorism is a working plan against evil – the evil of genocide.

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