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Quiet victories in the democracies
By Bruce Walker
On July 11, America and freedom loving nations won yet another unheralded victory in the political arena. The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (which is actually the governing pro-American conservative party in Japan) retained control of the upper house of the Japanese legislature.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has been one of the strongest supporters of America and of President Bush. Japanese citizens have been targeted by terrorists in Iraq. Japan has the third largest economy on the planet, and an economy that has begun to grow again.
Although the Liberal Democratic Party did suffer some losses in seats, the big losers were the Communists, who were also the most vociferous opponents of American policy. The head of government in one of the most powerful democracies on Earth has just weathered an onslaught for his support for America and he has won. Big news?
Well, not if you are an America-hating Leftist. Conservatives and other normal people, however, should view things differently. Consider all that has happened in the last year in the political arena among the democracies.
There are precisely two items of "bad news." First, the Spanish government lost power after a terrorist attack in the wake of strong Spanish government support for America. That was an undeniable defeat.
Although against this should be balanced the "un-news" story the same month. The anti-American socialists were voted out of power by the conservatives: two Mediterranean democracies at the western and eastern end of that long sea; one opposition win is big news and the other opposition win is not news; guess why?
Second, the Liberal Party in Canada held on to power in Canada. That was hardly a rousing defeat for America. The Liberals are now a distinct minority. New elections could come soon with a very different result. Prime Minister Martin cannot afford the luxury of anti-Americanism any longer.
The good news is much better. Japan, the third biggest economy in the world, is firmly in our camp. Germany's Social Democrats have been routed by the more pro-American and conservative Christian Democrats in every election since Operation Iraqi Freedom. The new President of Germany (head of state and not head of government) has said gentle things about our war. The presumptive head of government, if Christian Democrats take power, has been even more outspoken in support of America.
The man most likely to be the next President of France, a very important job, is also the man most sympathetic to America and the most popular politician in France. The consequences of France actively supporting peace, freedom and democracy in Africa and Asia are enormous.
There is a good chance that the next Prime Minister of Great Britain will be a man even more sympathetic to American security policies than Tony Blair, and also be supportive of American ideas of economic freedom and moral values.
The center-right parties continue to dominate Italian politics as well, and unlike the nominal "Rightist" parties of Chirac, these actually agree with American opposition to terrorism and, bolstered by more conservative and pro-American governments in Germany and in Britain, will line up more strongly with President Bush and America in the next few years.
What this latest victory in Japan represents, as I have noted before, is American and British grit providing the rallying point for the same sort of Reagan-Thatcher-Kohl-Tanaka coalition of four great powers to win the Cold War.
The goals are pretty clear (although Bush-haters pretend otherwise.) We want to establish an open, tolerant, peaceful democracy in Afghanistan. We want to do the same in Iraq. Then we want an indigenous revolution in Iran, which will lead to the same benevolent and prosperous nation. We want Syria to understand unmistakably that it must cease supporting terrorism and introduce freedom or lose power to those who will.
We want genocide in Sudan to stop. We want India and Pakistan to reach a genuine peace. We want those former Soviet Socialist republics which have Moslem majorities to evolve into nations like Turkey or Tunisia, rather than Iran or Iraq. We want the madman in North Korea gone, even if it means only a less evil Vietnamese style Communism. We want Cuba free.
Those dominos will begin to fall when the leaders of these awful lands see that they will lose the political battle. They cannot win a military or economic war at all. Those dominos are falling right now - in Germany, in France, in Japan and soon, in America.
Bruce Walker is a senior writer with Enter Stage Right. He is also a frequent contributor to The Pragmatist and The Common Conservative.
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