January 31 2005
THE PURPLE REVOLUTION:
The images from yesterday's election in Iraq are proof that
pictures really are worth a thousand words - and in some
cases much more than that.
fact, at times words seemed wholly inadequate to describe
the scope of what we witnessed yesterday. The courage, determination,
anxiety, and hope exhibited by the Iraqi people was so powerful
it moved all but the most hardened, Bush-hating hearts.
Gail Collins & Co. at the New York Times
were brought to their editorial knees over yesterday's
vote - albeit somewhat grudgingly:
page has not hesitated to criticize the Bush administration
over its policies in Iraq, and we continue to have grave
doubts about the overall direction of American strategy
there. Yet today, along with other Americans, whether
supporters or critics of the war, we rejoice in a heartening
advance by the Iraqi people. For now at least, the multiple
political failures that marked the run-up to the voting
stand eclipsed by a remarkably successful election day.
Washington Post was even more bold:
the emerging democratic regime to have any chance of taking
root, U.S. soldiers will have to continue fighting, and
dying, to protect it. The elections probably won't make
their job any easier, or the price any lower, in the short
term. Yesterday, however, Americans finally got a good
look at who they are fighting for: millions of average
people who have suffered for years under dictatorship
and who now desperately want to live in a free and peaceful
country. Their votes were an act of courage and faith
-- and an answer to the question of whether the mission
in Iraq remains a just cause.
yesterday's election provide vindication for President Bush'
Iraq policy? We can't know how things will progress in the
months and years ahead, but certainly in the very short-term
the answer has to be "yes."
thing the vote in Iraq demonstrated in a very striking and
palpable way is the power of the franchise. The election
in Iraq confirmed Bush's belief that people around the world
will, when given a chance, embrace the principle of democracy
and self-governance. That, in turn, lends support to Bush's
larger vision that the spread of democracy around the world
- but especially in a place like the Arab Middle East -
is vital to U.S. national security interests.
time will tell if January 30, 2005 will go down as one of
the most important dates in modern history. I happen to
believe it will. But between now and when the history books
are written it was enough, at least for me, to stand by
on a Sunday and marvel at the courage of people half a world
away. - T. Bevan 9:35 am Link
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