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The golden dome in Samarra was blown up, riots followed, reprisals ensued, thugs came out to forment further violence. But then a curfew was enforced, Iraqi security forces stepped in, Sunni and Shiite leaders came out for peace, and hopes for a coalition government were restored.

But here at home you would have thought that our own capitol dome had exploded. Indeed, Americans more than the Iraqis needed such advice for calm to quiet our own frenzy. Almost before the golden shards of the mosque hit the pavement, pundits wrote off the war as lost--as we heard the tired metaphors of "final straw" and "camel's back" mindlessly repeated. The long-anticipated civil strife among Shiites and Sunnis, we were assured, was not merely imminent, but already well upon us. Then the great civil war sort of fizzled out; our own frenzy subsided; and now exhausted we await next week's new prescription of doom--apparently the hyped-up story of Arabs at our ports.

We don't have a news media so much as a gang of drive-by shooters who go from one thing to the next spreading panic and chaos.

The news media is not being honest about what's going on in Iraq. They are being irresponsible and churlish in their opposition to American policy.

The truth about what is going on in Iraq can be found in what the troops there tell us. They point to their tremendous successes and to their plan, which is to quell the terrorists, train up the Iraqi security forces, and provide time for the establishment of a democratic government in opposition to the Islamists, all of which is proceeding apace.

It's no coincidence that the closer we get to achieving success the more shrill the denunciations of the war and the cries of defeat at home. Blowing up the golden dome was an act of pure desperation on the part of the terrorists, and we see similar desperation here at home.

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