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The New York Times
Nearly 22 months after American troops captured Baghdad, lighting a fire of enthusiasm for the freedoms Iraqis had craved so long, it is a measure of how much has gone wrong that Iraqis committed to Western-style democratic ideals can differ so sharply over the best way to secure them. Much of the problem is that the elections are being held under the dominion of the United States.
Many Iraqis, interviews in recent months have shown, do not accept that fundamental choices about the shape of their future political system should be made by a foreign power, particularly one they regard as a harbinger of secular, materialistic values far removed from the Muslim world's.
But questions over the election go far beyond the American stewardship, to issues that touch on whether it was ever wise or realistic to think that Jeffersonian-style democracy, with its elaborate checks on power and guarantees for minority rights, could be implanted, at least so rapidly, in a country and a region that has little experience with anything but winner-take-all politics.
Sorry guys, wrong again.
The most unfriggin' believable positive happened last night with the Iraqi Elections. A sample of headlines here in the States?
"Explosions heard across Baghdad" - NYT
"Violence plagues Iraq Elections" - MSNBC
History is whizzing by and the MSM is blinking! Oh well, I guess we know where the Dark Tower is and where the Nazgul fly! (I'm still hung up on the Tolkein references ;-)
Got a phone call from Da Grunt this morning around 0300. He was going off about Mizz Susan Ethridge. She was displaying the ultimate in compassion, freedom, and a loyal opposition mouthpiece's glowing support of the Iraqi People and this whole overblown democracy thing in general as is her won't to do. It was nice to hear her diatribe about no WMDs, Bush's War, Bush lied, "my good friend Ted Kennedy", ad nauseum right in the middle of a joyous scene of historic proportions. Seems Da Grunt and his entire squad decided that watching the election coverage on Fox would not be a waste of time. Imagine that! And how'd he know we'd be up watching something so mundane? Go figure!
Geraldo Rivera, another bastion of conservative values, said it best when he was about to sign off this morning, "These Iraqis are showing the world that this is their country. The terrorists can go to Hell"! yee-haw! I believe he gets it! :-o
A wonderful thing happened in Iraq today. People voted! :-)Posted by JarheadDad at January 30, 2005 03:58 PM
Unbelievable! They're becoming a parody of themselves!
Greyhawk, congratulations on such a great outcome for all the hard work you and your brothers have done that made a successful election possible. We are SO proud of you!
Jarhead Dad, tell your son thanks for all of us, too.Posted by Beth at January 30, 2005 06:13 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(2) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)