William Safire compares yesterday in Iraq with similar liberations in history:

Like newly freed Parisians tossing flowers at allied tanks; like newly freed Germans tearing down the Berlin wall; like newly freed Russians pulling down the statue of the hated secret police chief in Dzerzinsky Square, the newly freed Iraqis toppled the figure of their tyrant and ground their shoes into the face of Saddam Hussein.

Isn’t is wonderfully ironic that the three examples he chose are the three most significant opponents of this war?

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  1. PoliBlogger says:

    Indeed, it is, to borrow from those credit card commercials, priceless.

  2. Scott Harris says:

    If we are lucky, Iraq will become as anti-war as the French, Germans, and Russians. There is nothing sweeter and more vindicating to the morality of US led war than the its former enemies becoming pacifists. (Yes, I know I included France in former enemies. Remember Vichy and North Africa?)

    What other “conquering” army treats its defeated foes with such kindness, respect, and courtesy that they no longer feel the urge to take up arms? What other great power in world history has been accused of “threatening” a nation by REMOVING its military as we were in Germany this year?

    Its a great day to be an American!