Have we set our course with Iraq? I was thinking today about the current state of things in Iraq. We can argue (and have already) all we want about whether or not the war was justified. But even if Bush was wrong about it, it doesn't change the fact that we are where we are now. Two things really struck me recently. On the one hand, it seems that there actually are going to be elections in Iraq. On the other hand, terrorists are now killing Muslims instead of just trying to focus on foreign soldiers. The attack yesterday was specifically against Shiite Muslims and killed over 200 people. In response to it, Al Qaeda said that Shiites are "infidels." Obviously it is quite complicated. In addition, reports I've heard on the news seem pretty clear now that terrorists are entering Iraq from neighboring countries. So my question is, have we bound ourselves, rightfully or not, to a course that we can't afford to waver from? It is going to be very hard to establish the new Iraqi government with more terrorist attacks like this. If we back out completely from Iraq (as some on the liberal side seem to want), they don't stand a chance. The easiest way to make sure that the war was truly for nothing would be to do that and let the seeds of democracy burn up in terrorism. The only solution I can really see is that we might have no choice but to continue with what we started in Iraq and Afghanistan, and take out terrorism in the other Middle-Eastern countries where it still flourishes. As long as the camps in places like Syria and Iran continue to run unfettered, I see no way that we can stop the terrorists from flowing into Iraq. There should be obvious reasons why I don't like this solution. For one thing, it does give me one reason at least to consider Bush for reelection, as he would be the sort to actually go and do all of that, while Kerry would probably end up trying to keep the damage to a minimum (which would be similar to what things are like now) and not deal with enlarging the campaign against terrorism.