Where were you on the fifth anniversary of 9-11? In a televised address to the nation, President Bush was praising Iraq as “a young but hopeful democracy.” Iraq’s leader, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was cozying up to the leaders in Iran, in particular the Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, whom Maliki called “a good friend and brother.”

Maliki was not the first Iraqi leader to court Iran; his predecessor, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, also paid homage to the Iranians. Of course, there is also the Shiite firebrand Moqtada al-Sadr, whose Iranian-backed terrorist militia is intent on destabilizing Iran and driving the hated American troops out. Al-Sadr is, literally, getting away with murder.

If the U.S. does not change course in Iraq, Iran will win the war!

Ninety-six Americans have died in Iraq this month, many killed by powerful improvised explosive devises. These are not “homemade” bombs, thrown together with a handful of ingredients from the kitchen; these are powerful, military-grade IEDs imported directly from Iran. Lt. General Moshe Ya’alon, former Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff, reported that 85 percent of the IEDs used in attacks on the U.S. military in Iraq were imported from Iran.

Iranian-funded death squads roam the streets of Baghdad and other hot spots in Iraq waiting for the precise moment to wreak the most death and destruction and create the most havoc among the Iraqi citizens. It is a blatant attempt to discredit the U.S. and to foment the atmosphere for civil war among the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.

Not only is Iran winning the war in Iraq, it is winning the media war in the Western world. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s seemingly mad ranting is, in reality, the perfect plan to keep Iran in the forefront of American politics during this crucial mid-term election process. He understands how important the media are. Perhaps he learned that from Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command, al-Zawahiri.

In a famous letter from bin Laden to al-Zawahiri, Osama wrote that this was “a battle in the media, and that’s more than half the battle.” The liberal media are, by and large, aiding the enemy by rewarding them with free PR and not holding the terrorists responsible for their acts. The terrorists manipulate the media to glorify martyrs, recruit members, raise money and exhaust the soul of democracies so the determination to fight to achieve their political objectives is lost.

Iran’s intent is to take the Islamic Revolution sparked by Ayatollah Khomeini through Iraq and Syria to the very borders of Israel. Ahmadinejad is a student of Khomeini who said: “War is a blessing for the world and for every nation. Islam is a tree that needs the blood of martyrs to grow.”

It was Winston Churchill who said that the world lacked the “democratic courage, intellectual honesty and willingness to act.” Every time the terrorists kill a civilian they win. Every time the terrorists get the democracies to kill a child they win. It’s a win/win for the terrorists, it’s a lose/lose for the democracies, and it’s all because of the asymmetry of morality.

No one is willing to admit who the enemy is in Iraq; the enemy is Iran. The U.S. is fighting, not against the Iraqi people, but against Iran’s proxies, bombs, intel and money. And, Iran is winning the war.

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