Scott Ott is the "Network News" of the Internet. He writes:
(2005-01-30) -- News reports of terrorist bombings in Iraq were marred Sunday by shocking graphic images of Iraqi "insurgents" voting by the millions in their first free democratic election.
Despite reporters' hopes that a well-orchestrated barrage of mortar attacks and suicide bombings would put down the so-called 'freedom insurgency', hastily-formed battalions of rebels swarmed polling places to cast their ballots -- shattering the status quo and striking fear into the hearts of the leaders of the existing terror regime.
Hopes for a return to the stability of tyranny waned as rank upon rank of Iraqi men and women filed out of precinct stations, each armed with the distinctive mark of the new freedom guerrillas -- an ink-stained index finger, which one former Ba'athist called "the evidence of their betrayal of 50 years of Iraqi tradition."
Journalists struggled to put a positive spin on the day's events, but the video images of tyranny's traitors choosing a future of freedom overwhelmed the official story of bloodshed and mayhem.
I wish the following was intended as humor. Unfortunately, it's not. It was posted on a Democratic blog and gives us a sad picture of what that party has come to:
"The Iraq vote is making me sick this morning.
All the media keeps talking about is how happy the Iraqis are, how high turnout was, and how "freedom" has spread to Iraq. I had to turn off CNN because they kept focusing on the so-called "voters" and barely mentioned the resistance movements at all. Where are the freedom fighters today? [Ed note: At the polls.] Are their voices silenced because some American puppets cast a few ballots?
I can't believe the Iraqis are buying into this "democracy" bull****. They have to know that the Americans don't want them to have power, because they know that Bush is in this for the oil, and now that he finally has it he's not going to let it go.
[Yeah, just like we didn't let go in Germany and Japan.]
This election is a charade. The fact is that the Iraqis have suffered during the past two years [two years? what about the 30 years before that?] more than any people on earth at the hands of the American gestapo. Maybe they're afraid and felt they had to vote. That's the only way I can explain it to myself. [And that's why they were cheering and dancing in the streets?]
OR -- I just thought of this -- maybe they're smiling because they're using the Americans' own game to defeat them. They're voting in candidates who they know will widen the resistance, take the fight to the streets, and finally drive the occupying forces out of their country. Perhaps they're smiling because -- right under the Americans' noses -- they're planting the seeds of a bigger and more effective resistance movement. Wouldn't that be fitting? [Only to an insanely jealous mind.]
Use *'s own tools against them?
We can only pray that this is the case. Becuase if it's not -- and if the Iraq vote is seen as a success that spread "freedom -- the world is screwed.
[President] Bush's inaugural speech left little doubt that he has other countries on his list to spread "freedom" to. They will be his next targets, and the world will burn because of it.
Let's hope the resistance got voted in, or if not, they only increase the fight and take down those who betrayed their country today by voting in this fraud election."
You'll have to forgive the editorial comments; actually I restrained myself admirably. It's MY blog, after all, and if I give space to this kind of tripe, I get to treat it the way I want. I just wish I knew the name of the author. I would print that, too. It was probably the infamous "anonymous."