Nice post, Tigerman!
A fair bit of “gotcha” there, but why not?
*edit: I should add, that reading those quotations in context, there’s less “gotcha” then there is when reading them in your post, but a wonderful rhetorical piece nonetheless.
It’s nice to see so many people voting.
(I bet Saddam doesn’t get 99.8% this time!)
I still maintain that democracy can’t be imposed by warfare. Well, in the short-term, I suppose it’s possible. Warfare can, however, clear impediments to democracy. Whether or not it works, is an entirely different story. Having so many people turn out to vote is a wonderful sign.
More democracy, good.
More war, bad.
More democracy = Less war? A popular assumption, but questionable. We’ll see.
I sincerely hope that they get what they’re voting for–(the Algerians and Iranians didn’t, and look how badly things went there. Now Egyptians and Palastinians aren’t.)–it is, afterall, their country. What they want may not be what the West would prefer. That’ll be the second test of this newly democratic state, and the administration’s commitment to the newest version of a “national self-determination” policy for others.
Today, however, it looks like they’re passing the first test with flying colours. Tough enough to get people out to vote in Canada, and there’s no threat of being gunned down or blown apart back home. Today, these folks put we more settled folk to shame. Good for them.