Notable & Quotable
October 23, 2007; Page A19
Michael J. Totten writing in the magazine Azure:
It is hard to overstate how pro-American the people of Kurdistan are. They are possibly more pro-American than Americans themselves. If Bill Clinton was America's first "black" president, people in at least one part of the world say Bush is the first "Muslim" one: He is sometimes referred to in Kurdistan as "Hajji Bush" (meaning that he made the Muslim pilgrimage, or Hajj, to Mecca), an undeniably high honor for a Republican Christian from Texas. No, Kurdistan is not a "red state," and Kurds are not Republicans. Nor does it occur to most of them to prefer America's conservatives over its liberals. Rather, their warm feelings of gratitude and friendship extend to all Americans and both political parties for having liberated them from the totalitarian dictatorship of Saddam Hussein.
If you ask them, it was a real liberation -- but one need not ask. Any reference to the Iraq war as an invasion will be quickly corrected.
(I know some bloggers who will take issue with this, but it's great to hear that there are people who actually love America - more than a lot of voices here - in the places where we least suspect them. The WSJ has admirably backed up the claims of this writer with a spate of editorials which I hope will eventually become a book after the war.)