Sunday, January 30, 2005

Freedom Marches On


Basra
Originally uploaded by Marlin Huston.



This is a fantastic day in the history of the world. I did not liveblog the Iraq election coverage, nor did I listen to every bit of press coverage while it was happening. In fact I scanned the news as the polls opened, again after they had been open for two hours and then I prayed for the people of Iraq and went to sleep. I was anxious to get to the news this morning. I feared that I would log on and find that the first truly free election in Iraq had been marked by hundreds of casualties, firefights and a low voter turnout due to voter fear. This morning it seems that the vote was a huge success. There was violence as expected. But had anyone said days ago that there would be so little violence and so few killed by the terrorist group that just days ago declared war on Democracy, few would have believed it. Of course the few that were killed while waiting to vote will be mourned, but overall itseems that the Iraqis overcame the threat of violence, the naysaying of most of the world, the criticism of the Democratic Party of this country and the hope of journalists around the world that their opportunity for freedom would fail. The estimates are that 72% of the country's elegible voters cast votes. This number has yet to be verified, however if it is even close to correct, than a higher percentage of Iraqis voted in this election than did Americans in the last election, and that American election produced a record turnout.

Freedom marches on, and the successful election in Iraq vidicates those who believe that men, all men, desire freedom. Those who scoffed at the President's state of the union speech will now have to square their position with what has happened in Iraq, and in countless other counties in recent decades. Those who scoffed at the President's speech are the same people who declared that the Soviet Communism was a legitimate form of government equal in validity to American democracy.

This is a historic day, a day that will be remembered as the day freedom came to the middle east. This election will reverberate around the world, especially in neighboring Iran where the young population cheered the President's inauguration address. Those young Iranians who long for freedom and now live next door to people who are free and live in a democratic country. How much longer will they tolerate the oppressive mullahs who rule that country? How much longer will Syrians, who last week watched Iraqi expatriates in their country vote when THEY DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT , stand for their oppression? And who will they look to when they want to break the shackles of their oppresors? The United States, just as the Presdient stated in his inauguration address. The question is will those who scoffed at his speech be willing to "pay any price or bear any burden" when the oppressed come to us for help?

Phtos of the election here.


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