Friday, December 16, 2005

Friday afternoon rant

Wednesday night into Thursday the Iraqis voted as the "Butcher of Baghdad" sits in a prison cell. How many former tyrants lived to see their country become a democracy? Saddam did, despite his continued protests against the legitimacy of the courts and new government. The people have spoken and have the purple fingers to prove it. Against the threat of bodily harm, Iraqis participated in record numbers in the third national election, 70% of the eligible voters turned out to make their voices heard. Waiting in line for hours for the chance to cast ballot, to be a part of the vehicle driving their future. What an awesome gift, courtesy of the American people. It is my hope the new Iraq can be a powerful example in the middle east.

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