January 31, 2005

SORRY, IT'S THE PARTY OF KENNEDY, KERRY, PELOSI & BOXER NOW:

Iraq Elections: A Large Step Towards Legitimate Self-Government (New Democrat No-Longer-Daily, 1/31/05)

Although the results of yesterday's Iraqi elections will not be compiled for a number of days, several important facts appear beyond dispute:

* Despite the threat and reality of violence aimed at voters and candidates, turnout was impressively high -- indeed, higher than in most recent U.S. elections;

* Despite a boycott sponsored by most Sunni Arab leaders, Sunni turnout was much better than expected wherever it was physically possible;

* While Shia are sure to dominate the new government, Sunni representation will likely reflect that community's proportion of the population, and President Allawi 's secular-minded multi-party alliance appears to have done quite well;

* The Iraqi elections were widely publicized in independent Arab media as successful, and as more significant than the insurgents' efforts to subvert them.

This means that during the last year, elections have been successfully carried out -- with women participating -- in three very unlikely places: Afghanistan, Palestine, and now Iraq, despite strong efforts by Jihadists to reduce participation.

There is no question this should be grounds for celebration in all democratic countries, regardless of one's views on the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. And it should definitely be happily welcomed by everyone in the United States, regardless of one's views on the foreign policy of the Bush administration. It's a vindication of the universal appeal of our most fundamental values, and Democrats in particular should make that clear.

At the same time...


You'd think it would bother them more that the rest of the Democrats don't share their faith in those values anymore.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2005 3:31 PM
Comments

If you will the end you have chosen the means. No weaseling "buts". The Dems have rejected the end, period.

Posted by: LUCIFEROUS at January 31, 2005 4:07 PM

Re: "There is no question this should be grounds for celebration in all democratic countries, regardless of one's views on the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein."

Sorry! Those who didn't favor invasion aren't allowed to celebrate now. Grovel and whimper, yes. Celebrate, no.

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at January 31, 2005 5:15 PM

"At the same time..."
Don't forget to put this one in the "but"head file.

Posted by: Tom at January 31, 2005 7:50 PM
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