Sunday, January 30, 2005

The Elections (Yes, Those Elections)


Thousands of Iraqis heading to the polls (from Fox News)

Freedom On The March

A busy day, so not much time for blogging. At the end of the day I have found some time to flip around the various news channels, and even MSNBC and CNN seem to acknowledge that today's election was a real success and a devastating blow against the islamofascists and for democracy.

I do not think we realize yet just how wonderful all this is. Look at the photo gallery on the Fox News site just to get a sense of what happened in Iraq today.

Michelle Malkin also has a great photo gallery of Iraqi women voting.

Wagonboy sums all this up beautifully here.

If you want to feel the pride and joy of an Iraqi, read Iraq the Model's account of election day in his country. It will make your day.

Here is an excerpt from Geraldo Rivera's report, which came in the middle of the night, California time:

When I went with these [American soldiers] to the polling station, they stopped about two blocks away. They would not go. They didn't want it to seem as if it was American military might that was pulling this whole thing off. They stayed two blocks away. We walked up to the polling place, first the Iraqi Army, then the Iraqi cops inside. You had a feeling in there, a kind of almost family feeling in this community....An exciting day, an historic day here in Iraq. It is the dawn of freedom....You folks who live in the United States who are watching this, just be proud. Be proud of this. This is amazing. This was inconceivable, wasn't it, during the days of Saddam Hussein. Look how far this country has come. It will heal its wounds. The terrorists are going to lose.
The whole thing is worth reading.

Fox News reports that recently captured documents show that the "insurgency" was set up in advance of the invasion by Saddam Hussein himself. Apparently there were leaders chosen (from among Saddam's Baathist chiefs) and considerable training and strategic planning. That will be an interesting story to watch unfold.

Meanwhile, back in the Bizarro World . . .

I hate to end on a down note, but you all really ought to read John Kerry's comments on the Iraqi elections. Tim Russert had the simply wonderful inspiration to invite Kerry onto Meet The Press today, of all days, and here is the transcript of the good Senator's remarks. An excerpt:

. . . it is significant that there is a vote in Iraq. But no one in the United States or in the world -- and I'm confident of what the world response will be -- no one in the United States should try to overhype this election.

This election is a sort of demarcation point, and what really counts now is the effort to have a legitimate political reconciliation. And it's going to take a massive diplomatic effort and a much more significant outreach to the international community than this administration has been willing to engage in.

Absent that, we will not be successful in Iraq.

Yup. We've still got to "reach out" to "the international community" (meaning the French and Germans). Excuse me, but what a clueless dope. "Overhype" this election? Is there any major American political leader now living who has more of a tin ear when it comes to freedom and democracy?

Read the whole thing. You'll see that Kerry seems to have, ah, forgotten that he lost the election. It's important for us all to know how blind he is prepared to be, either because he just doesn't get it or because he doesn't want to; clearly he still thinks he can be president.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin comments further on the Kerry Meet The Press interview, and points out that Tim Russert, 3 months late, did grill Kerry about Christmas in Cambodia.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was blown away by video of Iraqi voters proudly and happily dipping their fingers into the reddish indelible ink that would show they had voted. Having those red-painted fingers was tantamount to publicly proclaiming to the thugs and assassins that these Iraqi citizens had defied the insurgents' ban on voting, which the Islamofascists had vowed to enforce on pain of death. Because the ink will not readily wash off, these brave voters will walk around with their new-styled red badges of courage for days. The red finger of Iraq now joins the orange of the Ukraine as a symbol of democratic defiance of would-be tyrants. If I feel humbled by the Iraqi voters, and a little ashamed of my own complacency about our own freedom, how should Teddy Kennedy and Barbara Boxer feel? Unfortunately, their hearts are probably too hardened to feel anything at all, other than irritation that events have once again proven them woefully and ridiculously wrong. 

Posted by Ralph

Monday, January 31, 2005 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How should those of us who voted for a guy who said we weren't gong to be engaged in nation building feel? While you guys wet yourselves in tears of self congratulation there are many people asking how much is this going to cost and is it actually going to work? We haven't done anything right in the middle east in the past so why do you think that we've somehow turned the corner. If history teaches us anything I hardly think we just launched a stable democracy. Geez, it took this country nearly 200 years before all citizens were treated with some degree of fairness and we fought a civil war during that time period. Better save some of your tears for what is surely coming. 

Posted by Anonymous

Monday, January 31, 2005 12:58:00 PM  

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