City of Roses
Yes Balladeer, exactly! It's undoubtedly VERY encouraging.
Make no mistake about it. I believe Sunday was a great day for Iraq. I don't agree with the actions of war in Iraq that led to this day, but I'm just glad that the citizens of Iraq could make their voices heard, and perhaps we can learn from their bravery and courage and, this may just be wishful thinking, but it can encourage more of our own youth or citizens in other countries to do likewise, without the need of military action to influence the passion of civil democracy in action.
I admit I am critical about how the election was organized. I believe in my heart it is a bit unfair to call the election completely legitimate, particularly because this was an election held under an occupation, and all the major parties, including Allawi's party, requested that the election be postponed back in November, and before the independent electoral commission could decide on the request, Bush and Negroponte insisted they be held on the 30th of January. So, you see, I just feel that if the Iraqi parties wanted to postpone the election, they should have been given the right to do so.
That's my general criticism of this election. And I do believe much of what fueled the high turnout was the public response in begging the U.S to leave once the new government is put in place. Currently it seems intentions or plans for departure are so scattered. I hear some say it'll be done once 200,000 Iraqi police officers and infantry are trained, others say it'll be done once their constitution is written, some say in any case they'll remain there for another five years or so, etc. Straight up, they deserve an answer, the world deserves relief, and I hope somewhere in the state of the union address Wednesday, Bush will shed some light on the exit strategy, so both our troops, all Americans at home, and the people of Iraq, won't have to continue to be left bottled up in anxiety or doubt in when we'll see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I've been told they couldn't advertise candidates on TV because they would then be targets for being killed, so they all got together and showed one commercial over and over to the Iraqi people, which was a video of American tanks going away from the camera, then captioned at the bottom of the screen read Arabic for "YOU VOTE. THEY GO."
So now, I think the corporate media in general are probably seeing this successful election as a victory for Bush, etc, especially when France and Germany even praised the election. But one thing that's not going to go away is the Iraqis demand to have their country fully in their own hands again, and begging for the occupation to cease. I hope Bush can respect that and take the word of the citizens of Iraq, show some class, and vow to end the occupation once the government is put in place, for good measure.
Also, the corporate media has been hailing this election today as a "turning point" all day. And, please know I am not taking away any of the achievements of yesterday, but it's also important that we take this to heart and be reminded of this operation and the other "turning points" to date, which, if they all are truly turning points, would mean we've walked in a square and are now walking the same side of a square twice now:
* The deaths of Saddam Hussein’s brutal sons, Uday and Qusay, were supposed to be a turning point.
* The capture of Saddam himself was supposed to be a turning point.
* The transfer of power at the end of June was supposed to be a turning point.
* Forcing Muqtada al-Sadr out of Najaf was supposed to be a turning point.
* Taking back Fallujah was supposed to be a turning point.
I am quite skeptical that this election will effectively democratize Iraq, but the best answer right now would obviously be, "We'll just have to wait and see what happens!"
But the winners are none other than the Iraqis themselves, and I am happy for them, and I pray things can turn out for the best, as I also pray for this war and occupation to stop as soon as possible.
So I hope that now the citizens of Iraq can be given enough space to begin determining the future of Iraq themselves with least interference as possible. I also hope that as the results come in, officials can get to the bottom of the supposed voting booths that never opened in some more Sunni-populated areas of Iraq and report the irregularities so it's seen all groups are fairly represented, and if indeed the Sunnis just slacked from voting, well, they'll just have to sort everything out with the other groups.
For their sake, as well as for our own health and good-will, no matter our opinion on the war or our ideal diplomatic strategy, may we continue to look up and wish for nothing but the best wishes for the people of Iraq.
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20