Skip to comments.Extreme makeover of Iraq...
Posted on 02/01/2005 5:55:54 AM PST by FlyLow
Whatever the actual voter turnout in the Iraq election (initial reports as high as 72 percent seem inflated, perhaps the result of overly enthusiastic poll watchers), the spectacle of so many Iraqis defying death and dictatorial religious leaders to cast ballots is a strong first step in affirming the Bush Administration's policy to spread freedom in lands that have not known it.
While rejoicing in the scene that included a 94-year-old woman being carried by her son to a polling place and fewer terrorist bombings than forecast, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice soberly noted on the Sunday talk shows that the terrorists will "try again" to disrupt the process leading to a new constitution and self rule. "The hard work is still ahead," Rice said. She called the terrorists who want to prevent people from deciding their own future "brutal intimidators."
President Bush characterized the election "a resounding success" and thanked Americans for being "patient and resolute."
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Some of you may be too young to remember these ancient occurrences, so it is time for a history lesson:
U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote
by Peter Grose
New York Times
September 4, 1967.
United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam's presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting. According to reports from Saigon, 83 percent of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the Vietcong. A successful election has long been seen as the keystone in President Johnson's policy of encouraging the growth of constitutional processes in South Vietnam.
And your point is?
You're building a nice little collection of posts for yourself. (Check it out, folks).
Obviously this shows we should not pull out of the conflict prematurely, as we did in Vietnam.
BTW, welcome to FR.
Gee. I guess we should learn the lesson from Vietnam then, and not bail out on them, lest they be turned over to the totalitarians. Good point!
Bye, Wesley Addison.
"He's dead, Jim!"
And this election in Vietnam took place in 100% of the country right?
No! there was a small difference between this election and Vietnam's, namely it was called North Vietnam.
One of these days the appeasers will understand there is NO comparison between Iraq and Vietnam. unfortunately it will probably be sometime around 2010. Since some democrats still think they are in a majority, evidently they are slow learners.
[NOT AN OPUS] You know... the only thing I dislike about Free Republic is how quickly folks get bounced just for espousing a different, if misguided, point of view. Unless a troll is a complete moron, can't we keep them around for a bit and have fun with them? Who knows... you may just be the light of reason that brings them logic. WTF...
Eric, I tend to agree with you in the case of someone who shows promise. Ol' Wesley had a history (albeit a short one) or snide and critical posts that showed definite trollish tendencies. He was a little more low-key than most, but the signs were still there.
Yeah, that might be a clever comparison if:
1) There were a communist Northern Iraq
2) They had the backing of a superpower
Though I disagree with you about the completeness of this particular moron... :)
Don't that anger you, that folks still think we lost?
Yeah.. point taken. ... but at least this one didn't use 'U' instead of 'you.' he seemed to be a rather well spoken complete moron.
You've got a point. :)
Publik skool edumacation just isn't what it used to be.
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