Lincoln, Freedom, and the 'Iraq Syndrome'. Over the years, I have noticed that Muslims expect Americans to 'free' them. Last night I watched a very good special last night on Lincoln and his perfectly timed emancipation proclamation (earlier and not enough Americans would have excepted it and later and much later and it would have probably been rejected with the rush to end the war and reconstruct). What struck me was the constant refrain that I have heard from a few Muslims over the years, "If you want peace then you have to make all Muslims free." Last night it dawned on me, Muslims don't want our democracy, they do not want to fight for their freedom, but they do expect the USA to liberate them from their intolerant dictatorships . . . I began to realize that this is what I see on faces in the Iraq news videos - the people are happy, enjoying themselves, but are desperate for someone else to stop the bloodbath - I am calling this the 'Iraq Syndrome'. The 'Iraq Syndrome' is the powerless feeling that a people get when struck by disaster (war, famine, tyranny, tsunamis) and they wait for Americans to come fix them, and then some complain that we didn't do well enough. Can we (the USA) survive the 'Iraq Syndrome', or is it workable? Should we (the USA) even care about all the Muslims being freed from their evil religion? Note: as Christians we should care about the freedom of muslims from the evil of islam. But, should American policy reflect a clear Christian value?