January 30, 2005


For those not under doctor’s orders to avoid stress and rage, compare these pictures (click on: “Pictures: Iraqis at the polls”) with many of these comments.

Posted by Peter Burnet at January 30, 2005 9:54 AM

My favorites were the man from Saudi Arabia claiming that "This is a mockery of free and fair elections," and the man from Mogadishu claiming that "Voting cannot bring peace to Iraq."

Posted by: Timothy at January 30, 2005 12:21 PM

My favorite was this one: " How can any elections in an occupied country under constant threat of terrorism ever be a success? -- Vlad, Toronto, Canada," defining away, a priori, any possibility of success, regardless of the facts.

Posted by: jd watson at January 30, 2005 12:33 PM

Cheer up, Peter. Try going to Roger Simon's place, and follow the links.

Posted by: joe shropshire at January 30, 2005 1:34 PM

Two comments caused me great laughter:

"What a pity Americans believe they are the personification the free." ~Mike in Canada

The election is an "imperial attempt to show who is boss in the middle East." ~Reggie in Florida

It sure is easy for non-Iraqis living outside Iraq to call these elections a sham.

Posted by: Dave W. at January 30, 2005 2:18 PM

The negative comments were from the usual suspects, proud citizens of Muslim dungholes, Canadians, Frenchmen and lefties of various stripes. Many of them read like the kind of preprinted crap that gets mailed to the weekly throwaway newspaper by local political campaigns to be published as 'letters to the editor.'

Posted by: Bart at January 30, 2005 5:15 PM

I have to agree with Bart on this one. Nope, no relation.

Posted by: Bartman at January 30, 2005 5:44 PM

The Left is disgusted over the mere fact that an election was held in Iraq, let alone a successful election. The Left desperately needed the whole process to flop spectacularly. That's it's a success leaves them reeling and struggling to find the lead lining in the silver cloud. While the Iraqi election does not yet signify a triumph for those of us who believe in freedom and democracy, it signifies an excellent starting point.

Posted by: Andrew at January 30, 2005 9:06 PM

Andrew: I believe the election was a triumph. When only 9 relatively small attacks occurred among more than 7,000 polling stations, the impotence of the terrorists became clear to all. With the feeling that the government is now theirs to defend, I think many Iraqis will "drop a dime" on the foreign terrorists and Baathists.

Posted by: jd watson at January 30, 2005 11:40 PM

"...stress and rage..." Oh, not at all. I find the impotent fury at the Left, as revealed in these comments, hilarious and very satisfying.
Also, it's great to see them making the tactical mistake of putting themselves on the wrong side of history. A few years from now, no one will remember much except that (1) the US brought elections to Iraq, and (2) the Left was against the elections!

Posted by: Tom at January 31, 2005 8:44 AM

Whoops. I meant "the impotent fury OF the Left..."

Posted by: Tom at January 31, 2005 8:46 AM