Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Iraqi Elections

Tomorrow, Iraqi citizens will take another big step toward democracy when they vote to seat members of their new parliament. Undoubtedly, the U.S. media will take a break from the usual body count and "who knew what when" to admit that perhaps, after all, there is promise in Iraq's future.

Meanwhile, there are bloggers who remind us of that promise every day. Michael Yon is one blogger who regularly posts good news from Iraq. I am particularly impressed by a photo essay he posted last month. I'll get to the photo essay in a minute, but first take a few moments to clear your mind. Forget WMD, "blood for oil", the Al Qaeda connection and so on. Those arguments are all relevant certainly, but they are also old news. Regardless of how we got there, we are in Iraq now. If we leave too soon, we risk the total collapse of a fragile democracy. And we'll have broken a promise to our allies.

If you want to meet our allies, see Michael Yon's photo essay.

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