Sunday, January 30, 2005

Profiles In Courage

The vote in Iraq today has been a truly stunning display of the power of democracy. While the MSM seems somewhat surprised by the turnout, I must say that it seems consistent with past experience. As Mark Steyn points out, the election in Afghanistan was so successful, the MSM was able to virtually ignore it. Not so in Iraq.

Too much time and political capital had been spent by liberals in the U.S., European bureaucrats, and the MSM predicting the failure of President Bush's Iraq policy to ignore today's historic vote. Yes, it was simply a profile in the courage of average Arab citizens who wanted something more for their country. Forty years ago a Kennedy of a different first name, and markedly superior character, published a book about hero's. This week we had the sad spectacle of his younger brother's cowardice demanding that we withdraw from this failed experiment as soon as possible.

Unfortunately for the corpulent fool, the Iraqi people had other plans, and today freedom marches on. We are still defining what the 21st century will mean for the progress of man. In the 20th century we defeated fascism, communism and totalitarianism. Had we listened to the naysayers, today may never have happened. Thankfully, through the grace of God, in all his forms, and the courage of the Iraqi people, a new chapter was written.

Its important that we remember, at this potential dawn of a new age in the Middle East, that American Liberals, Europeans and the remaining despots in the Middle East failed to support the freedom. Here's hoping history remembers.

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