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 Mission Accomplished: Over Hyping The Ink Stained Fingers of Dancing Iraqis Celebrating Democracy


Just as the reports from Iraq were confirming that the Iraqi election was an amazing success, Democrat John Kerry was attacking the President, Iraq, the election, the administration and the policy that was reaping an emphatic moment in the history of the world.

Despite liberal negativism, despite grandiose egoism from foreign leaders, despite a Middle-Eastern history laden with oppression and terrorism, the men and women of our armed forces accomplished something truly magnanimous in Iraq... freedom.

As political spin doctors who present themselves to the public in the guise of news reporters lambasted the President over his inaugural speech which they postulated was ‘excessively burdened with the flowery words of liberty and freedom’, a plan was put into place to secure Iraqi polling sites so Iraqis could demonstrate what the Bush policy has intended since the Coalition of the Willing liberated Iraq.

The basic tenets of liberty and freedom called Democracy.

Leading up to the election the media was all over the terrorists, their daily attacks, and the devastating onslaught of violence they were going to inflict on the Iraqi people if they tried to exercise their newfound right to vote.

In this country as the Iraqis exercised that right, liberals were beside themselves. One post on the DemocraticUnderground read: All the media keeps talking about is how happy the Iraqis are, how high turnout was, and how ‘freedom’ has spread to Iraq. I had to turn off CNN because they kept focusing on the so-called ‘voters’ and barely mentioned the resistance movements at all. Where are the freedom fighters today? Are their voices silenced because some American puppets cast a few ballots?

The media must have listened because two days after their expected ‘blood bath’ didn’t transpire, media outlets tried to paint the grimmest picture they could muster of that historic day with headlines and stories filled with the knowledge that, ‘election day was the most violent day in Iraq since the fall of Baghdad’. They usually continue by stating every single nuance of the attacks and end with the somber, ‘the casualty count- 45 dead, about 100 wounded- did not rank among the highest one-day totals.’

So how did that stellar performance of security by our military and Iraqi forces come about if as Ted Kennedy said only a few days before the election that the terrorists in Iraq were doing a better job ‘winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people’ than our military personnel?

Kerry was even on television the morning of the election spewing more of his morbid pomposity reiterating Kennedy’s earlier diatribe saying, "I agree with Senator Kennedy that we have become the target and part of the problem today, if not the problem."

Then he continued by slamming the President for not following his own ‘four-point plan’ for Iraq where he asserted that the election was fourth on his list of importance and the President had ignored the other points. It would be nice if someone would inform Senator Kerry that his ‘four-point plan’ was rejected by the American people in our own election!

And what about the fantastic job our military people performed on election day? Press reports keep emphasizing how 100,000 newly trained Iraqi soldiers and police assisted in securing the polling sites that day.

Let’s see, Democrat Joseph Biden attacked Condollezza Rice during the Senate confirmation hearing for her appointment to Secretary of State when he lambasted her over the number she gave for trained Iraqi troops and that she shouldn’t listen to Rumsfeld because he didn’t know what he was talking about.

Yet ‘100,000 newly trained Iraqi soldiers’ is the number given by the media on election day and that is much closer to Dr. Rice’s answer than the amount he charged was available. What, did they train thousands of Iraqi soldiers in just a matter of days or was Joseph Biden simply grandstanding? Either there is 100,000 trained Iraqi soldiers or there isn’t.

On election day in Iraq the coalition forces acting in unison with the layers of Iraqi forces were able to keep the terrorist attacks at bay so that Iraqis such as one 22 year old female could have the confidence to vote. Ms. Musawi said, "And then, hearing those explosions, it occurred to me--the insurgents are weak, they are afraid of Democracy, they are losing. So I got my husband, and I got my parents and we all came out and voted together."

That bravery, according to Kerry, should not be ‘over hyped’ and he just doesn’t see how the election could be ‘legitimate’. Tell that to the Iraqis who were dancing in the streets and the women who were able to vote and were even proud to openly show their ink stained fingers for all the world to see. Wasn’t their vote legitimate and were they over hyping the dynamism of the event they participated in?

The thing that liberals seem to not understand, yet is common knowledge to the rest of us and is now shared by the Iraqi people, is that freedom and Democracy doesn’t exist because we vote, but because we are able to choose to vote. The media has asserted multiple times that Iraqis voted under Saddam... they just never mention that Iraqis didn’t have a choice!

80 year old Rasgid Majid said it best: "We have freedom now, we have human rights, we have Democracy. We will invite the insurgents to take part in our system. If they do, we will welcome them. If they don’t, we will kill them."

In the end, even the terrorists have been given a choice.

Lee P Butler

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