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January 5, 2009
Best Stories of 2007,
One Year Later
the end of 2007, I wrote two columns examining the top stories of 2007.
One looked at the
worst stories of 2007, and the other listed the
best. Revisiting these columns a year later is a worthy exercise
that can tell us a lot about our politics and our world – and,
importantly, about our individual and collective minds. Last week we
took a look at some of the worst stories of 2007. This week we
reexamine the best.
The 10th best story of 2007 was Burj Dubai’s new status as the world’s
tallest freestanding structure. This accomplishment was exciting both
for representing the power of free trade and private-sector innovation
in improving humanity’s standard of living, and for demonstrating
capitalism’s ability to modernize Muslim countries and incorporate them
into the global economy.
Well, 2008 strengthened this reality. In the last year, plans were
released for the Nakheel Tower, which is expected to surpass one
kilometer in height and easily outshine Burj Dubai. As if that weren’t
enough, another proposal for the Dubai City Tower, also appropriately
named the Dubai Vertical City, puts it at an astonishing 2.4 miles in
height, or eight times the height of the Eiffel Tower. Just think of the
number of workers that this wealth, brought to Dubai by capitalism, will
snatch from the radicals and embed into the global economy.
Another of the best stories of 2007 was President Bush’s seemingly
resolute stand in the face of Democratic attempts at withdrawing from
Iraq and continuing the growth of government. A year later, Iraq is won
and has thus become a non-issue, something one can judge from the fact
that Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the New York Times have fallen
silent on the subject.
But Bush’s already delayed use of his veto pen proved to be short-lived
in 2008, and his administration instead became a leader on the
disastrous bailouts of the year. In one instance, Bush went so far as to
bail out and endorse the failed business models of the Big Three and the
UAW even when Senate Republicans were able to block such a bailout
against top Democratic allegations of “un-Americanism” and
Last New Year, Americans were still celebrating the collapse of the
amnesty bill that did nothing but encourage illegal immigration. Today,
illegal immigration has dropped, in large part due to the border wall
and improved enforcement, and countless illegal immigrants are leaving
the country on their own, never to return. For a long time, Americans
were made to believe that the only two solutions to the illegal
immigration problem are amnesty and deportation. The past year has
demonstrated that attrition, brought about by the type of enforcement
that reduces the incentive for illegal immigrants to either come here or
stay here, is the most realistic and best solution to the problem.
2007, Americans further cheered the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold
the partial-birth abortion ban, which is supported by most Americans.
They got bad news, however, when Barack Obama promised at a Planned
Parenthood get together that “the
first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).
That’s the first thing I’d do.” FOCA would disregard the will of the
majority of Americans and would reintroduce extreme abortion policies –
not surprising for a former state senator who repeatedly refused to stop
the horrific practice of post-birth abortion in Illinois.
The second best story of 2007 was America being safe from terrorism for
yet another year. Who, on September 12, 2001, would have thought that
America would go for more than six years without a terrorist attack on
its land? Well, now it has been more than seven years. And of course,
giving the hard-working Bush Administration credit would necessitate an
acknowledgment that its homeland security and national security policies
have been the correct ones, so we are unlikely to see any credit given
by Bush’s political opponents, even though they would have piled on him
in seconds if America had been hit in 2008. But Bush clearly deserves
credit for keeping America safe, even if he is not receiving it.
Credit also seems to be missing – for President Bush or anyone else
involved – for achieving victory in the Iraq War. Success in Iraq was
already the top story in 2007. In 2008, the situation was even better.
In the last four months, hostile deaths in Iraq were in the single
digits – still too many, but a tremendous improvement nonetheless. The
year 2009 will be a defining year for Iraq – but Iraq will be able to
define itself in relative peace, stability, and security. We owe this
achievement to our troops, who were able to victoriously execute the
surge despite attacks on their morale by some of their elected leaders,
such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who declared the war “lost.”
The men and women in uniform have made our year in 2008, just as they
did in 2007.
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