Monday, January 31, 2005
Straight From Iraq:
The elections have kicked off here with a bang. Both literally and figuratively. These are some very persistent people who deserve the right to vote. There was a suicide bomber at one polling place who blew up. Before officials could clean up the situation, the people calmly got back in line and continued voting. There are restrictions on driving to reduce the car bomb threats. People are walking in groups of hundreds to go vote. This is definitely going well.
Mucho thanks to Mike for passing this on to the Commando and may God keep his brother, and all our soldiers, safe. The SAEN could not have been more wrong in it's coverage running up to the election. The fact that the SAEN got something wrong is not new as most of my readers already know. I was almost heartened by the election reporting in today's paper, but once I got past the front page I was back in a world of hurt. If you were to describe the election yesterday it would be hard for you to underestimate just how important a moment in human history it was. Moreover, it was a success, but the SAEN does it's best to cast a pall over the election by pointing out the negative. From page 5A, this comment from a story on Bush's remarks really struck me:
Middle East analyst are concerned about how the divide among the electorate Sunday could translate into trouble when Iraqis get down to forming a government and particularly writing a constitution.
Isn't it amazing at how short-sighted "experts" can be? The Baath remnants and terrorists in Iraq have tried to foment civil war between the Kurds, Shias, and Sunnis and it has not happened. Leaders of each group have expressed their desire to live in a free, democratic Iraq. So we can learn from recent events, which the SAEN never covered, that the people of Iraq are proud to be Iraqis and all the hand wringing of experts is most likely misplaced.