As I sit here on my bed and write this post, its 1:30AM Saturday Night/Sunday morning in the U.S. I'm watching the news and seeing the Iraqi people flocking to the polls. Turnout is incredibly high. The enemies of freedom have lost their battle to intimidate the people. Men and women walking together to the polls with their children in tow, celebrating and cheering as they cast their vote. Those who said democracy was impossible in the middle east were wrong. They've been wrong for years. President Bush has been proven right, all people yearn to be free.
This isn't a time to gloat though against the enemies of freedom, its time to celebrate with our brothers-in-freedom in Iraq. There is more work to do, and there will probably be more attacks. The partisan media in this country and especially around the world will downplay this event. They will focus continually on the insurgents. But just like I said in my last blog, the real story is voter. This is an amazing victory.
A short one tonight. I just wanted to express my current feelings. I'm so proud of our country, our troops, the Iraqi people, and their own police and National Guard.
" When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public and the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, a witness said, “It rang as if it meant something.” In our time it means something still. America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength – tested, but not weary – we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." - George W. Bush, 2nd Innaugural Address