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Weapons of Mass Distortion

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Why is the American left more willing to trust Saddam Hussein than George W. Bush? That’s the question commentator Mona Charen poses in her column today, focusing on the dispute over in Iraq. As Charen rightly notes, the Administration’s critics on Iraq would have to believe that Saddam graciously destroyed all his chemical and biological weapons since the last inspections in 1998-without ever telling the international community. He thus needlessly endured years of sanctions and a lightning-swift regime change-for absolutely no reason. Charen is well qualified to diagnose this kind of irrationality. She is the author of Useful Idiots–a best-selling expose of the last generation’s Cold War liberals who, despite overwhelming evidence of Soviet brutality, found it easier to trust the Kremlin than the Pentagon.

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.

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About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.

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