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Monday, January 31, 2005

What happens now?

Freedom. It seems like such a simple word. It isn't. Freedom indicates some form of self government. Self government won't work without self discipline. Paul Harvey says so too. So there, neener neener.

Seriously. I am very proud of our nation, and it's travels since it's origination in 1607. The humble beginnings of the House of Burgesses in Williamsburg. The first and second Continental Congresses. The writing and ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America. People primarily came here in the beginning to seek out religious freedom. Well, at least in the Northeast. Down south, the motive was for agriculture and feed. Further still, for the abundant ability to harvest cotton. Georgia was founded as a penal colony for heaven's sake.

And yet, here we are, almost 400 years after the permanent colonization of America. We are larger, greater, more powerful than ever imaginable. But our might is tempered by our humanity and mercy. Allow me to illustrate briefly.

After WWII, it would not have taken as much as you might have thought to have us continue through Russia and meet with our forces in Japan. But, we didn't. It isn't our way.

Yet, with the diversity mentioned above, we managed to create a governing document so complete it has only needed change 27 times. Not bad, eh? But this is OUR document, not another country's. They will need to write what is right for them.... not for us. I have faith though. It's amazing just how tenacious freedom is once someone has tasted it.

Iraq will do what is right for Iraq. To say that 60% turnout is not a mandate of some strength really needs to stop consuming illegal substances. We are here, now, to see that they get the chance to do the best thing they can. And to make sure that no one else tries to interfere.

until our next........

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At 4:50 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Well, to answer your question, the apparent winner of majority status is the Supreme Council for Islamic revolution in Iraq. Second in line is the Ayad Allawi regime. The two most likely scenarios are a fundamentalist Islamic regime with closer links to Iran and a continuation of the status quo, which is, of course, FUBAR. Hmm...Replacing a brutal dictator with and Islamic Fundamentalist regime or a CIA client state that engenders decades of resentment. Quite a bargain at 300 billion dollars and thousands of lives.

 
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Well Steve, to answer your point... first, I was unaware that Canada had a large amount of assets in Iraq. Please correct me if I am wrong, by all means. Secondly, I commend to you this article found at http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110006059.

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...The Iraq Liberation Act, voted in Congress in November 1998 and hence set as part of U.S. law, clearly stated that the pursuit of democracy was a primary motive for regime change in Iraq. The war of liberation in the spring of 2003 was understood by the majority of Iraqis, yearning to be rid of the yoke of Saddam's tyranny, as liberation. Doubt and distrust set in when liberation became occupation.

Nevertheless, an important trajectory has been set in motion with the removal of the Baathist dictatorship. Political freedom is moving forward despite the obstacles, delays and great losses, primarily to the Iraqi people but also to U.S. and coalition forces. (Witness the attack on the U.S. Army mess tent in Mosul yesterday.) This momentum cannot be reversed.

The Iraqi political landscape is now dominated by three concerns that must be addressed: first, elections in January and their outcome; second, a status-of-forces agreement with the Coalition forces; and third, the writing of a permanent constitution

Despite the lack of security in Iraq today, a democratic, pluralistic Iraq is the only acceptable outcome. Iraq's unity can be best secured through the involvement of all groups in the political process. The concerns being voiced by many in the international community, of the fear of Sunni marginalization and Shiite domination, were the same concerns that allowed Saddam to last as long as he did. Those arguments are reappearing today, to close the door of hope and opportunity for the Iraqi people. But Saddamism without Saddam is simply not an option...

 
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