Iraq Votes - An Enjoyable Look In The Mirror
Anytime someone tells you not to take something they didn't want to happen too seriously, it's big. When Senator John Kerry told us all "not to overhype" the Iraqi Elections, you know they were a major success. They were a major success for reasons the Washington Post describes surprisingly well in this editorial.
Yesterday, however, Americans finally got a good look at who they are fighting for: millions of average people who have suffered for years under dictatorship and who now desperately want to live in a free and peaceful country. Their votes were an act of courage and faith -- and an answer to the question of whether the mission in Iraq remains a just cause. -Wahington Post Editorial Board.
It's a shame Americans also didn't get a better look at who amongst them didn't support the Iraqi Elections. That self-annointed Democratic Wing of The Democratic Party that hates everything about America and wanted nothing positive to arise from Sunday's Election. This blurb here pretty much sums up about 400 or so of their online posts complaining about the Iraqi Election.
I can't believe the Iraqis are buying into this "democracy" bullshit. They have to know that the Americans don't want them to have power, because they know that Bush is in this for the oil, and now that he finally has it he's not going to let it go. This election is a charade. The fact is that the Iraqis have suffered during the past two years more than any people on earth at the hands of the American gestapo. - Democratic Underground.
The Iraqis weren't trying to, but they held up a big mirror for us to look into and see ourselves. Or at least see what we really and truely think about Democracy coupled with Universal Sufferage. For most of us, both Democrat and Republican, the view was not perfect, but pretty much rico and suave. We have our faults and mistakes, but enjoy our right to vote, participate and debate and wish the Iraqis well.
But for the HaterAid Drinkers, it couldn't be pretty. It was an episode of "The Biggest Loser", where no one gets a smaller waistline or a healthier lifestyle. It was, for them, seeing their two century old lie dying in the desert streets of Ancient Mosul and Venerable Baghdad. That lie that Democracy couldn't be imposed on different cultures until they developed it themselves.
A lie disproven in Japan, Korea, The Phillipines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and about seventy or so other countries after Great Britain, where representative Democracy really got it's start. And it was an irrational lie, given that no one had ever told Assurbanipol, Attilla, or for that matter Hugo Chavez that their might didn't make right anytime they chose to flex a tyrannical bicep.
Or more importantly, because you don't have to impose Democracy on civilized people, because Democracy is the pinnacle of human civilization. It's the essence of cooperation and teamwork. The acceptance, toleration and peaceful resolution of our differences. Which basically is what our race has been striving for since our ancestors climbed down out of the trees, built their first cities and attempted to live in early city states located not too far from The Fertile Cresecent. Which not coincidentally, intersects modern Baghdad along the Euphrates River.
Perhaps, all along, we've owed a certain debt to this region for starting the very concept of civilization. Maybe, by giving them the opportunity to build a Mesopatamiam Democracy, we've repaid some of it. Tell Senator Kerry not to overhype that.
Update I: Wizbang agrees with Kofi? Yep, it's time to sheath the swords and help Iraq rebuild.
Update II: Sometimes I read Frank Martin over at Varifrank and can only comment "Yeah, what he said."
Update III: Yes, the Iraqi people have spoken. The Virginian agrees they have spoken powerfully.
Update IV: Sean Hackbarth reminds us that a lot of the details of a free Iraq still need to be worked out. Democracy is a means to that end.
Update V: Even hardened realists at Cold Hearted Truth take a step back and congratulate the Iraqi people on their courage.