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Saturday, October 15, 2005

The Iraqi Constitutional Vote

Florida Cracker has been covering the vote on the Iraqi Constitution. The polls have closed and counting has begun.

Iraq The Model posts that votes are being counted under battery-powered light, because the electrical lines were attacked by terrorists. Omar has voting turnout estimates for the various areas here. My favorite post was on including this observation, however:
I met one friend on the way and when I asked him what would his vote be he said that he hasn’t decided yet “if I voted yes I would be approving some articles that I don’t agree with and if I voted no we would go back to where we started from…” he said and that was really refreshing because this guy who used to believe in conspiracy theories and stuff like “what America wants is what’s going to happen” now feels that his vote can make a difference.
Omar walked four miles in the sun to vote. He reported that the temperature was about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hammorabi seems hopeful too.
This is the first time for the Iraqis to vote for their own constitution. It is indeed the first time in the Middle East especially the Arab countries.

We expect a big YES for the constitution possibly around 80%. This YES is a big bullet in the head of the terrorism.
In an earlier post he wrote:
This is a very good achievement indeed and a big blow on the face of the terrorism. It came by the time the blood shed continued in Iraq daily. The latest is the killing of more than 30 Iraqis in a centre for army recruitment in Telafar today by a suicidal thug.

The big blow on the face of terrorism will be on Saturday 15 Oct 2005.
Perhaps that sentiment explains why people are willing to walk miles to vote in very hot weather - and this, too, in the face of a determined bombing campaign against the Iraqis who participate in their government. The reason they had to ban all vehicle traffic is that there would have been car bombings.

Anyone who doubts that terrorism is a real problem does not read news from Iraq.


Comments:
Just great. Iraqis are voting in record numbers. Now they say they want us to stay and make sure Iraq stays a democracy.

DU and Kos have been lying to us.

Bastards. I want my money back.
 
This is what it comes down to, hopefully it will prove worth it, I'm sure it will.
I'll probably be over there in the near future, I'll find out how things are first hand, and I'll let you know on my blog, Thanks for being such a great blogger.
 
SC&A, if you have been donating money to Kos and DU you deserve what you got....

Stan, you're a darned fine blogger! I like the way you summed it up here:
Not having lost a single battle in the War in Iraq, Giving the power of voice to millions whom previously had no such opportunity, Creating a free society smack in the middle of authoritarian theocratic scum,
America is once again witnessing one of the greatest achievements in World History.

A letter giving insight to the losing battle the terrorists are facing, and a vote to take place Saturday on a document. The likes of not known in Islam, a constitution, an Iraqi Constitution, a foundation of rights, justice, and order.

 
M.O.M.:

"Perhaps that sentiment explains why people are willing to walk miles to vote in very hot weather - and this, too, in the face of a determined bombing campaign against the Iraqis who participate in their government."

Do you remember the election in Nicaragua that tossed the Sandinistas onto the dustbin of history?

Same thing, more humid, and there the thugs had machetes rather than car bombs.

Funny that the MSM is still in deep amnesia about Nicaragua fifteen years after the votes were in.

Perhaps it has something to do with all the pro journos kissing major "culo" of the guy who would have been the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture in the Sandi/Ortega regime, and other such worthies...had Violeta Chamorro's ticket not cleaned their Commie clocks at the polls...y'think?

Not really surprising though, if you think about it. Folks live generations under a pack of vicious fat bastards, and the only decision they get asked about is if the latest statue to the Big Buttplug should face East or West.

Then they get the opportunity to actually BE that ".000000000234 Owner" of their own destiny...

Even if they turn out just to tell us to "pack up and piss off", that's STILL a victory for democracy, ain't it?

Regards;
 
Bilgeman, you wrote:
" Even if they turn out just to tell us to "pack up and piss off", that's STILL a victory for democracy, ain't it?"

Yes, it is. And eventually they will. And that will be great news.

As for the Sandinistas, you had me laughing out loud. Nailed it! They're still doing it. The average person could read the US papers for 4 or 5 years and never learn that Castro has political prisoners in jail.

Any regime that's vaguely communist seems to have an automatic legitimacy to the press corps.
 
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