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(Update) Lieberman Gets It, Reid Doesn't

10:28 AM, Apr 20, 2007 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Senator Joe Lieberman delivered the keynote speech yesterday for the National Commemoration of the Days of Remembrance. Here's an excerpt:

Of course all of us would like to live in a peaceful world, a world of justice… But there are forces that constantly seek to cut through the marble of our moral universe. There are hatreds and pathologies so strong that they cannot be negotiated, or reasoned, or loved away. They must be fought and stopped. . . .

Thirteen years ago this month, we turned our backs on a genocide in Rwanda, in which 800,000 people were killed. Rather than hearing and reacting to the screams of innocent men, women, and children-singled out and murdered for no reason other than their ethnicity-we said their deaths were caused by a civil war fueled by ancient hatreds, and thus convinced ourselves either that it was not our place to save them or that it was not even possible to save them.

Today, again, we see people around the world being singled out and murdered on the basis of their religious, sectarian, or ethnic identity, in places as diverse as Darfur and Iraq. In Iran we hear a president-an Islamist extremist-denying that the Nazi Holocaust happened, and then threatening the annihilation of Israel and death to America.

And what is our response?

Well, we know what Harry Reid's response is:

Update: Lieberman put out the following statement earlier today in response to Reid's comments:

This week witnessed horrific terrorist attacks by Islamist extremists in Iraq, killing hundreds of innocent civilians and leading Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to declare that the war is ‘lost.'

With all due respect, I strongly disagree. Senator Reid's statement is not based on military facts on the ground in Iraq and does not advance our cause there.

Al Qaeda's strategy for victory in Iraq is clear. They are trying to murder as many innocent civilians as possible in an effort to reignite sectarian fighting and drive us to retreat from Iraq.

The question now before us is whether we respond to these terrorist attacks by running away as Al Qaeda hopes - abandoning the future of Iraq, the Middle East, and ultimately our own security to the very same people responsible for this week's atrocities - or whether we stand united to fight them.

This is exactly the wrong time to conclude that we have lost the war in Iraq, or that our new strategy has failed. Instead, we should provide General Petraeus and his troops with the time and the resources to succeed. We should not surrender in the face of barbarism.