Sunday, January 30, 2005

IRAQI ELECTION: A TURNING POINT?

From the first reports after the polls closed, the Iraqi elections were a success. People turned out in good numbers, and terror killings were restricted to a few suicide bombers who didn't even chase away the voters they were attacking. All in all, a good day for democracy. If this can translate into motivation for the Iraqis to stand up and fight as part of the new Iraqi armed forces and police, it bodes well for the whole region, and the world at large. Look for disappointment from Rather and Jennings when they report on Monday night. They went over there to cover the Iraqi version of the "tet" offensive, or so it seemed to this viewer. Brian Williams was a bright spot, seeming to follow my advice about not being afraid to report positive news as well. No-one knows how this will all turn out, but it just keeps striking me how the Bush people set a goal, and then they accomplish it, even with the myriad setbacks that Iraq has provided. I feel the momentum turning in favor of the President's strategy in foreign policy. History was made again today, and history will remember this President as a huge figure, particularly because of his bold leadership against domestic opposition. If this is as dramatic a turning point in world history as it has been for Iraq's, Joe Lieberman may be the only Democrat standing on the right side of history in this debate.

4 comments:

Edmond said...

Good news on the elections! I added a link to your blog from mine. Keep up the good work!

Gordon said...

Great post.

Walton said...

Of course, if exactly the same election had taken place in Zimbabwe or some other place that the US is angry with, it would have been denounced as a travesty. There is no way this election can reflect the will of the Iraqi people. The US needs to get out of Iraq now.

Chris said...

Hey, aren't we angry with Sudan for genocide, but still supported a peace treaty with other rebels, that had nothing to do with that genocide we're angry at them about? I'm confused. Africa is a very messed up place, my friend. The US has wasted alot of resources aiding corrupt regimes, and Bush is reluctant to continue that trend, while giving more money than ever to programs that hopefully will work, instead of being looted. Iraq was violating more than it's own people, but Sudan is on the US' radar screen now, also. From what I understand of Zimbabwe, they are looking to starve or otherwise get rid of half of their 12 million population. I can't imagine being less than critical of any election this country would hold.