The scenes from the
Iraqi election are fascinating. This is a
truly historic day. On the heels of the
anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the
streets of Iraq are filled with people liberated
from Saddam Hussein's death camps. Millions
of people, freed from the brutal rule of a
dictator, up to 70% of all Iraqis are voting!
They are dancing and singing, celebrating their
Some Americans may
have trouble comprehending the Iraqis'
enthusiasm. We take our democratic process
so for granted that
Democrats have been
complaining for four years that minorities were
so intimidated by seeing a police car parked a
block away from a polling center in Florida that
they could not vote in the 2000 election.
Over the past 24 hours, entire Iraqi families
stood in long lines to vote, braving suicide
bombers and sniper fire. They were told by
the terrorists that if they voted, they would be
killed. Under threat of death, they stood
for freedom. Notice that the "Human
Shields" and war protestors were not there to
shield civilians from suicide bombers – as
always, it is the American soldier who sacrifices
his life for the freedom and safety of others.
The Iraqi example
puts our Democrats to shame.
It took a
Republican president, and a military that votes
in excess of 75% Republican to bring democracy to
Iraq. Where were the Democrats? They
were shouting "not in our name." Rest
assured Democrats, the liberation of Iraq (and
its transition to democracy) was not done in your
name. The world will long remember that if
Democrats had their way, Saddam Hussein's death
camps and torture chambers would still be in
operation. While the Democrats where
whining about "reaching out to the world
community", American "cowboys" and a coalition of
the willing got the job done.
prepared to vote,
Senator Kennedy said:
"The war in Iraq
has become a war against the American
occupation . . . . The U.S. military presence
has become part of the problem, not part of the
solution. . . ."
Kennedy, only perhaps 200,000 people in Iraq
oppose our efforts. Over 8 million Iraqis
went to the polls – those 8 million Iraqis are
grateful to America. Most of them see our
soldiers as liberators. The new Iraq is a
democratic nation of free peoples, less likely to
sponsor terrorism against the United States than
the Hussein regime. The age of fear and
oppression is over in Iraq, no thanks to Ted
Kennedy, John Kerry and the rest of the anti-war
As President Bush
said, "War never solved anything, except for
ending slavery, fascism, Nazism and communism",
and the brutal, Stalinist rule of Saddam Hussein.
Soon, we may be able to add to that list of evils
that were overcome, the evil of terrorism.
State sponsors of terrorism are being transformed
into pro-western democracies by a Republican
President and brave Americans who are willing to
fight for the freedom and safety of others.
The Democrats, the appeasers, the protestors, the
French, the isolationists, and the U.N. all
preferred inaction, and endless debate, to going
to war. In the words of George Orwell, "To
abjure violence is a luxury which a delicate few
enjoy only because others stand ready to do
violence in their behalf."