Heroic Iraqis

Today’s evening news included stories of brave Iraqis who are running for office or planning to vote in the upcoming elections in spite of death threats and murders, bombings and intimidation already carried out by the enemies of democracy. One of the candidates featured was a former member of Sadr’s militia.

It shows the power of democracy that he has decided to fight with words and ballots rather than bombs and bullets. Some of the candidates were pro-American. Others said that they wanted the U.S. out of Iraq as soon as possible. This is not a bad thing. If Iraqis who represent the will of the people take power in their own country, they have the right to ask us to leave or ask us to stay.

Seeing these people was an inspiration. It is a story of courage and determination, but it is not necessarily a story with a happy ending. Some of these brave people will probably be dead before the election or soon after.

Whether or not you supported the initial invasion, there can be no doubt whose side we should be on now. It is a fight between good and evil. We are in it and we have to stand with the good guys, even those who don't much like us.

I want to give a freely elected Iraqi government the possibility to tell us to go to hell. I really don't think they will, but if so I would look forward to the journey secure in the knowledge that we did the right thing.

Posted by Jack at January 27, 2005 10:28 PM