While I agree with many others in feeling this election was overdone a bit in the American "liberal media," I guess I do feel a bit happy for the Iraqis. They definitely tried to vote and this may or may not be viewed as a legitimate election. I am sure in the comming months and leading up to the next 2 elections later this year the blood, carnage, and more importantly constitution that the elected government writes will let us in on what this election meant for Iraq.
But, so far as I can tell, the election went pretty cool. I am not going to be one of those liberals who wishes for something bad to happen. I see the good in Iraq's election and I think it is really excellent one of the few moments of good in this war. I am not going to cheerlead it though. The fact that the media is all over the election (while it ignored the Afghanistan election; hmm maybe the focus group people got off their asses since then) will give you enough cheerleading to last you until the next "bloodiest day in Iraq" shows up.
Fact is the insurgency is not going to go away, the people that voted and our troops will still be blown up and the likes of Sean Hannity will say "we liberated millions of Iraqis." A statement that after yesterday's elections becomes more relevant. Sadly however, what Hannity always forgets, the voters yesterday are still under occupation and will be for the forseeable future (what an oxymoron).
Here are some quotes. Notice the only negative quote:
"It is hard to say that something is legitimate when whole portions of the country can't vote and doesn't vote," Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
Yeah the "Liberal Media" is still beating that horse.