Monday, January 31, 2005

An email from Baghdad

Regardless of what happens tomorrow or the next day, or the day after that, today, the insurgents lost.

[Tonight], the bombs[,] the mortars and the gunshots which still echo in the streets sound different.

Men and women, whose children, mothers[,] fathers, sisters and brothers have been murdered by madmen took a few simple, but very difficult steps, out of their homes and into polling stations.

There will be debates about turnout and legitimacy and occupation and every other conceivable thing, but everyone who is here right now, knows something
extraordinary happened today.

Today, the insurgents lost.

I am not comfortable about politicising this process, but considering that every single negative element of the war has been pinned on the Commander in Chief, I think it would be unfair if this day was not credited to the same man.

Look at the pictures below and ask yourself would this have taken place if:
  1. Al Gore had won Florida?
  2. Michael Moore and his cronies managed to pursuade the public to withdraw support from Operation Iraqi Freedom
  3. Iraqis were left to UN and European inaction and indecision

Like or hate him, Bush is a man of his words. He believes in a concept and then puts it into action. Something that cannot be said about many of his political opponents.
All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.

President Bush in his inauguration speech
Today, these words ring true!

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