Tom Friedman is back from Baghdad and what the veteran New York Times columnist has to say may surprise you. Friedman says the recent bombing of the United Nations and the increasing attacks on U.S. soldiers, are not signs that everything is going wrong in Iraq, in fact, just the opposite. He says the terrorists are turning Iraq into a battleground because they understand this war is “The Big One,” they know this is not a war over oil, but instead a fight about ideas and values.
Friedman says the terrorists and most Iraqis understand what’s at stake, the ones who don’t are in the Pentagon and the White House, people who talk the talk about winning the peace, but won’t walk the walk.
Tom Friedman, New York Times foreign affairs columnist and author of the book “Longitudes and Attitudes”