With the transfer of sovereignty in Iraq imminent, the level of violence in that country has surged in recent days. Clearly the worst thing that can happen to the insurgents and terrorists is the establishment of a democratic government in Iraq that would marginalize radicals and set an example for the rest of the Middle East.
For the American people, whose servicemen and women are putting their lives on the line to help the Iraqis, this is one of those tough times when we cannot flinch. We must stand firm against the forces in Iraq and the Middle East that oppose freedom and would return that country to Saddamist or radical Islamist tyranny.
There is no logic to what the extremists are trying to do in Iraq. Why kill people who removed the brutal tyrant that ruled their country for decades? Why kill people who are trying to help them rebuild their country's economy and other basic services? There are no valid reasons for such killing.