Wednesday, August 20, 2003

I never tire of going back to Fred Barnes's March 6 column in The Weekly Standard, "The Peacenik Top 10: A Look at the Ten Most Popular Objections to War and Some Common-Sense Responses to Them." Barnes's #3 was

War with Iraq will bring more terrorism.

Here was his response:

This is a hardy perennial. It was claimed before the Gulf war and the Afghanistan campaign--and when bombs fell on al Qaeda and the Taliban during Ramadan. Rather than more terrorism, removing Saddam will bring more respect for the United States. Terrorists will be increasingly fearful.

Hope you didn't have money on that prediction, Fred.

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