Sunday, January 30, 2005

Brave Iraqis & the Illiberal Left

The Iraqi people were amazing today. The reaction of some on the illiberal left (which does not make up all the left) is appalling:

Compare this from Iraqi blogger The Mesopotamian:

I bow in respect and awe to the men and women of our people who, armed only with faith and hope are going to the polls under the very real threats of being blown to pieces. These are the real braves; not the miserable creatures of hate who are attacking one of the noblest things that has ever happened to us. Have you ever seen anything like this? Iraq will be O.K. with so many brave people, it will certainly O.K.; I can say no more just now; I am just filled with pride and moved beyond words. People are turning up not only under the present threat to polling stations but also under future threats to themselves and their families; yet they are coming, and keep coming. Behold the Iraqi people; now you know their true metal. We shall never forget the meanness of these bas…s. After this is over there will be no let up, they must be wiped out. It is our duty and the duty of every decent human to make sure this vermin is no more and that no more innocent decent people are victimized.

With this from lefty blogger Oliver Willis:

When our newfound champions of democracyTM twist themselves into pretzel knots to explain the next homicidal despot they prop up (newsflash: we don't have a very good track record with this, as a nation, but especially on the right).

Or compare this from Democracy in Iraq:

What a day it has been. I am very tired, but I am at peace, something I havn't felt in this regard before. I am happy to report that I found very few people during my post-voting trip through Baghdad who had not voted. I even got a few to "convert" and go out and vote. When confronted with the fact that staying away from voting was futile, some who had opposed the election relented, and went and made their mark.

With this from popular lefty blogger Mathew Yglesias:

Looks reasonably successful so far, no mass casualties, turnout low only in a few trouble spots. It's time to prepare for three weeks of gloating from the hawks before they realize that nothing has really changed and they return to previous hawk practice of not mentioning Iraq. The interesting thing to watch, I think, will be whether or not Shiite political unity starts to break down now that the elections are behind us.

It is amazing that when the so-called “reality”-based community is confronted with the reality of millions of Iraqi people voting they simply declare nothing really happened. Or they try to twist the events to their version of reality. Like Juan Cole who claims, “This thing was more like a referendum than an election.” By the way Juan, a referendum is determined by popular vote, so either way an historic event for Iraq. So why try to diminish it?

The “reality”-based community misunderstood what the US electorate wanted and they have failed to understand what the Iraqis wanted. It seems they are so determined to get Bush that they are willing to sacrifice the good that can come from this election. Some on the illiberal left just can’t wait for things to fall apart and Iraq to erupt in a civil war, just so they can say to Bush, “We told you so.” If they were really champions of liberalism and democracy, they would be congratulating the brave Iraqis who voted, and then be willing to work with them, and yes, work with the Bushies, to make sure the self-determination that Iraqis displayed today becomes an everyday reality. But instead on this rather historic day the Democratic leadership is talking “exit strategies.”

It would be foolish to think the road ahead for Iraqis will be easy. There is still much to accomplish: counting and finalizing the vote, choosing a president and prime minister, writing a constitution, stopping the terrorists, continuing to rebuild. But this election is a major accomplishment for the Iraqis.

  • It empowers the Iraqis to move forward.
  • It sends a signal to the terrorists that the majority of Iraqis don’t agree with their anti-democracy violence and instead want democracy and freedom.
  • It is a stepping stone to establishing a democratic government in Iraq.

This is not a time to gloat, nor is it a time to whine. It is time to support the Iraqi people.