Monday, January 31, 2005
Fortune Favors The Bold
If you didn't turn your TV on Sunday afternoon, you really missed something. Sunday, January 30, 2005 will go down in history as the beginning of a new era in Iraq - and quite possibly the Middle East.
Here in the West, elections are just a fact of life and have been for centuries. Every so often the people get together and choose the leaders who will take their respective nations forward. It is, for the most part, a peaceful process accepted as the standard way of governing.
But for people like Rose in Baghdad , elections are something new and exciting - and don't forget dangerous. Yesterday the people of Iraq braved mortars, VBIED (Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices) or Car Bombs for you lay people out there, sniper fire and other intimidations to do something most of us take for granted. She voted. Depending on which network you listen to, she joined about 60-70% of her countrymen in the process. They lined up at polling places across the country - some lines extending for miles. They came to answer the call of freedom and liberty - a call that resonates within each and every human soul.
Just for comparisons sake, the record for US voter turnout is 60%, a mark set during the Kennedy-Nixon election of 1960.
This is a first step on the road to an Iraq free from tyranny and terrorism. Yes, I know its not a panacea and that difficult times lie ahead for the Iraqi people and for the US forces who made yesterday's events possible. But at least now we know the people of Iraq are prepared to embrace the liberation they have been given.
Yesterday was many things to different people. For the people of Iraq, it was a victory of the people over the oppressors. For America, it was a victory of freedom over tyranny. For the terrorists (will you bonehead MSM people please stop calling them "insurgents"!) it was a kick to the curb. Despite their threats and best efforts, the Iraqis came out to be heard. For the surrounding oppressive regimes, it was warning of things to come.
Most of all, it was a victory for people like Rose.
Here endeth the lesson.