This morning, coffee and baby daughter in hand, I turned on CNN to see what was going on in Iraq. Big mistake - it was a medical show talking about the flu vaccine.
Turned to Fox. Estimate of 72% turnout. 95% in Sadr city where Sadr tried to stop the voting. Women voting in droves. Incredible.
Next thought was how the left-wing blogs would respond.
What struck me more than anything else was that the Iraqi Army was doing well securing the voting zones. And, if reports are correct, Iraqi policemen did most of the dying today, protecting their fledgling country with their lives. That's horrible, and yet, it's sends a strong message - beautiful in a way about the power of democracy. It also proves that democracy is not a western institution - it's an idea for all of us.
I believe that US forces were used in stopping any border traffic from Syria and Iran and THAT may have had a lot to do with the less than predicted violence.
The first blog that I read this morning was, of course, my new friends Mohammed and Omar of Iraq the Model. Be sure to read the whole post but here is passage that indicates how things are changing:
...The first thing we saw this morning on our way to the voting center was a convoy of the Iraqi army vehicles patrolling the street, the soldiers were cheering the people marching towards their voting centers then one of the soldiers chanted "vote for Allawi" less than a hundred meters, the convoy stopped and the captain in charge yelled at the soldier who did that and said: "You're a member of the military institution and you have absolutely no right to support any political entity or interfere with the people's choice. This is Iraq's army, not Allawi's"...
Amazing. Just amazing.
Of course, the New York freakin' Times leads with Iraqi Voters Turn Out in High Numbers Despite Rebel Attacks Killing Up to 36.
Update: My father-in-law just mentioned to me, "I never thought that I'd see the day where the conservatives in suits were the optimists and the left wingers are the pessimists."
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