HomeWar On TerrorToday’s Real Winner Today’s Real Winner Kevin January 30, 2005 War On Terror 13 Comments The citizens of Iraq, who are participating in the first free multi-party election in the Arab world in half a century. Get up to the minute Iraqi election coverage at The Friends of Democracy, and don’t miss their coverage on C-SPAN (details). General Patton and opposing the war on terror Baby Bloggers Go Big Times Related Posts Terror Suspects Arrested in Canada Did Osama bin Laden urge his family to turn away from Jihad? For Christ's sake About The Author Kevin Kevin founded Wizbang in 2003. He still contributes occasionally and handles all the technical and design work for the site. 13 Comments South Texas Law Professor January 30, 2005 All these photos in the blogosphere make me really happy. I’m sure this won’t be a “perfect” election in some ways, but you have to start somewhere. And this is looking like a good start. The terrorist groups like to talk big and threaten apocalyptic consequences for everything, but after 9/11 they’ve mostly managed to do things that would have been called “guerilla warfare” just a few years ago (which for some reason sounds less scary, doesn’t it?). How many times did Osama give us one last chance to stop invading Afghanistan before he taught us a lesson? And I know some groups will boytcott, but that’s fine with me – they’re about to learn their first lesson about democracy. Dont’ vote, get ignored. Maybe they’ll learn their lesson and vote next time. firstbrokenangel January 30, 2005 I think this is so cool and even if there are problems, it’s a step in the right direction – what is is, 1/3rd of the women are going to vote, too. Minor miracle and I do hope they all get to vote despite the terrorists. It’s a hystorical event and I know they are excited about this election – it’s just wonderful. Cindy McCain January 30, 2005 Iraq rocks. Go dudes. Scott January 30, 2005 Is it just me, or does the MSM seem disappointed that more people haven’t been killed yet? bullwinkle January 30, 2005 Isn’t it amazing how those Iraqis are able to handle that ballot with so little education and experience when that simple butterfly ballot in Florida confused so many experienced, highly intelligent liberals? Any guesses about why that is? Patrick Chester January 30, 2005 Looks like so far it’s going relatively smoothly. A few explosions here and there, but people are still voting. Hopefully future elections will become boring and routine. 😉 Rod Stanton January 30, 2005 It is to bad the MSM/DNC are still painting such a negative picture of such a truly postive and spectacular event. ridgerunner January 30, 2005 Hear that silence? It’s the deomcratic party sitting in a tub of warm water watching the water turn red from self inflicted wounds. Oyster January 30, 2005 Mohammed and Omar’s post on IraqTheModel brought tears to my eyes. -S- January 30, 2005 As others have noticed, I get the impression that by their very noticable silence, the MSM and liberals everywhere just really n.e.e.d these elections to go badly, for something horrible to occur, for complete failure to ensue. Otherwise, they have nothing to report, given that they can’t seem to report the reality of hope and a democracy in Iraq. No, instead, they’re off “celebrating” “dissent” right about now. I was just reading over some saved wire service articles and the litany of rejoicing about doom among outright adulation about Saddam Hussein by many of the still-talking heads on networks (Diane Sawyer for one, Peter Jennings for another) among a more than a few liberal columnists with about the same message by one suggestion or criciticsm after another, and it is pretty clear who the liberals in media would prefer: flashy dictators who throw around a lot of money. Or, otherwise, what’s the attraction? Could it be, those who counter democracy? I’d really hate to think that but it sure looks so this morning as to why the MSM and many among Democrats are quite so petulently and resentfully wordless about the present elections in Iraq: those go well (well enough), it means that Bush was/is right and they were/are wrong. Henry January 30, 2005 Cindy you mean “historical” 😉 And I’m so proud for our troops. Congratulations are in order for the Iraqis whose democracy is in the infant stage. McCain January 30, 2005 Not a bad achievement for homo sapiens. On this day, the brain capacity of our species has soared to new levels. And Iraqis especially. The sound of freedom is thundering around us. Pat January 31, 2005 God bless that woman, and all Iraqis who voted. Their vote really means something to them. Iraqis are probably more “democratic” at this point, than the 2/3’s of our population who are eligible, but choose not to vote. Wake up America!