What if?

Mark Brown of the Chicago Sun-Times comes in from the cold.
Maybe you're like me and have opposed the Iraq war since before the shooting
started -- not to the point of joining any peace protests, but at least
letting people know where you stood.

You didn't change your mind when our troops swept quickly into Baghdad or
when you saw the rabble that celebrated the toppling of the Saddam Hussein
statue, figuring that little had been accomplished and that the tough job
still lay ahead.

Despite your misgivings, you didn't demand the troops be brought home
immediately afterward, believing the United States must at least try to
finish what it started to avoid even greater bloodshed. And while you
cheered Saddam's capture, you couldn't help but thinking I-told-you-so in
the months that followed as the violence continued to spread and the death
toll mounted.

By now, you might have even voted against George Bush -- a second time -- to
register your disapproval.

But after watching Sunday's election in Iraq and seeing the first clear sign
that freedom really may mean something to the Iraqi people, you have to be
asking yourself: What if it turns out Bush was right, and we were wrong? ...

Go read the rest of the column here: What if Bush was right?

(Thanks to the person at the Portland State chapter of College Republicans who e-mailed this item.)

And please, please take two seconds to drop Mr. Brown a nice e-mail thanking him for having the courage to speak up. You and I both know that there are plenty of good, decent people out there who were against the war, and who might now be having second thoughts. If they see that there are other people in the same situation, it'll be easier for them to think clearly. It's a good thing that some people are starting to see the light - it will be an even better thing when we can all work together for a better Middle East and a better world.

Nobody needs to "do penance" - we just need to talk to each other, listen to each other, and work together.