Saturday, December 29, 2007
Iraq is lost....oh wait....
It's just an observation, but it seems as though domestic American opinion on the war has changed at least somewhat. Most believe that the surge is working to some degree or another. And the number of critics now openly declaring victory for the enemy has been dramatically reduced. In other words, Americans have gone from defeatism to wait and see.
However, I still don't sense that shift in opinion outside of American borders. Most international critics have already declared Iraq lost. The surge may have dampened some of that criticism but it hasn't resulted in a second look as it has in the States. I suppose that too many are invested in the idea of America's defeat to entertain the thought that it all still might work out after all.
I have believed for quite a while that the world's attitude towards the Iraq war will go down as a sad chapter in international affairs — not for America, but for the rest of the world. That includes Canada in particular.
As always, only time will tell. But I'll always want to bet on America, freedom, and hope. That so many wouldn't I still find shocking. Again, maybe that's just me.