Omar, at Iraq The Model, issues a cri de coeur to the west about the war.
We need the decision-makers to rise above the rhetoric of who’s right and who’s wrong and focus on protecting the world from falling prey to the vicious enemies of civilization.
He’s right, of course. For too many of us the war is a tool to be wielded for political advantage – to frighten the electorate and shift votes right, or to decry and shift votes left.
The reality is that there is something real, and bad, over the horizon. We should neither deny its existence nor build it into something it is not.
And what I want from my leaders – and what Omar needs from them – is something other than fairy stories designed to frighten us or lull us to sleep.
I’ve met Omar, and shared meals with him. It’s personal to me.
If we’re not careful, it’ll be personal for all of us soon.