Sunday, January 30, 2005

Congratulations!

Iraqis walked great distances to stand in line to commit an act that could get themselves killed. Then they stepped out into the streets and ostentatiously displayed their badges of courage, the blue ink on their fingers that showed they had voted. Whatever the final tally, it's already clear that the world, and terrorists in particular, underestimated the resolution and bravery of the Iraqi people. Congratulations!

10 comments:

Vavoom said...

Aye, but how meaningful was this vote? True, these individuals valiantly risked their lives to vote... Yet, did it really matter who they voted for? Regardless of their vote, the outcome = US installed puppet gov't. Have we risked their lives merely as a public relations stunt?

thc said...

Very meaningful.

The success of the election was more important than who was elected.

No.

Vavoom said...

Oh puh-lease... By your definition, Viktor Yanukovich should be running the show in the Ukraine. Boy, that first election in the Ukraine sure was a "success."

Elections that serve the interests of an occupying or ruling body and not the people aren't elections... they're a sham.

In Iraq, they used to have elections... guess what, they served the then governing body and not the people. Sadaam Hussain was consistently "elected." Thank god those elections were so successful.

thc said...

Vavoom: Clearly the ultimate success of a new government in Iraq won't be known for years or perhaps decades. But can't I be optimistic for one day?

Vavoom said...

OK -- I'll let you glow for a day... :)

Jimbobb2 said...

Vavoom and others don't seem to understand...this wasn't "a sham", it was a beginning. For all the mistakes that have been made here and elsewhere, progress is being made. I live near the 3rd ID here in Georgia and I often speak with our soldiers who have just returned from or who are readying to go back...I believe they tell me more truth than I'll hear from Dan Rather. To a man (and woman) each have told me of a majority of Iraqi citizens who are so very grateful for our liberation of their country and every troop I've met is ready...anxious...to return and finish the job. "Sham" indeed!

Jimbobb2 said...

From the NYT today..."Let nobody tell you that this election was anything but real. Iraq's Baathists and Wahhabis may continue to bark, but this caravan is moving on."

"Sham", indeed.

Vavoom said...

Jimbobb2: Also from the New York Times today -- "Or, as the last Soviet leader, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, put it: 'Democracy cannot be imposed or strengthened with guns and tanks.' "

thc said...

And what would Gorbachev know about democracy?

Vavoom said...

Gorbachev is actually an expert on the construction of democratic systems in hostile political environments. In fact, he has a nonprofit organization, The Gorbachev Foundation of North America. From their website:

"The core mission of the GFNA is to contribute to the strengthening and spread of democracy and economic liberalization through a program of advocacy, research, and education."