Sunday, October 16, 2005

Oh, go pound sand

Congrats to the Iraqi people for successfully voting yesterday, in what appears to be mostly uninterrupted voting, with little terrorist activities throughout the country. Even the Sunnis voted in record numbers!

An extra shout out goes to the Iraqi and Coalition forces, who did a bang up job of ramping up security and pinpointed offensives in the Al Anbar province. I surmise that the bombing of a Sunni political party's headquarters a few days ago was the last straw that broke the camel's back- and why we're seeing Sunnis vote in larger than expected numbers.

The terrorists mounted some 13 attacks this election. Thirteen. While the last time out, they managed some 300+ attacks (most of which were highly ineffectual). Neither time, they were able to influence the election, and with increasingly null and void results. This pretty much shows that the terrorists fighters are stuck on the border territories, fighting the coalition forces just to keep their rear supply lines open (and are failing at that). It also shows that foriegn influence from the Syrians, Saudis, and Iranians isn't working.

Oh, and a giant middle finger to the American media, who completely overlooked the elections in favor of bullshit news in the US. I'm sorry, but the Nazi riot in Toledo, Harriet Miers' nomination, and the rain in the Northeast really do take a backseat to the Iraqi story. Shame on you- even Fox News- for not agressively pushing the Iraqi story. It really is a "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality. The news is so dominated with people who think that overt conflict and struggle is the dominant form of news, and good happenings, well, just don't matter. They don't get raitings. Plus, the CNN/CBS/ABC bastion of news doesn't want the American public to know the good things of Iraq. Something like the Iraqis voting in elections, with little terrorist activities....would put giant egg on their faces. If you'd been watching their programs, you'd think that the Iraqi war was going bad, and we were on the verge of having a civil war there. But then news like this breaks out, and if they let the genie out of the bottle, a whole slew of questions arises!

This wasn't the media's finest hour. This was one of the Iraqi people's finest hours.


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