John Keegan packs a lot into this op-ed for the Telegraph. He explains the reason for the war in Iraq, the unexpected aftermath, what all this has to do with Sayyid Qutb, and why the elections are important, and why our success is probable. For a good overview of Sayyid Qutb’s thought, see this Ashbrook Statesmanship Thesis writen last year by Luke Loboda. He is now a high school teacher. This is the thesis, "The Thought of Sayyid Qutb: Radical Islam’s Philosophical Foundations," in PDF format (32 pages).
Excellent summation. I like it. Now, if you are an optimistic soul you will read this article and think it’s likely we will succeed, the Iraqis will reject the terrorists by voting for a free and open society, and the region will become more and more democratized. If you are of a pessimistic slant, well, Bush is a war criminal because we cannot possibly win this illegal fight we started, the Iraqis hate us being there, and the terrorists are justified for fighting back the only way they can against our brutal occupation, and the optimists are all morons. I prefer to be the optimist, mostly because we are usually right.