Monday, December 12, 2005

The Iraqi Elections

Early voting has begun in Iraq. Patients, soldiers and prisoners began voting today in the parliamentary elections, three days before the general population will cast its ballots.

President Bush is encouraging Iraqis to vote, noting that doing so will help complete the steps toward democratization following the ousting of Saddam's oppressive regime. In his statement this morning:

No nation in history has made the transition to a free society without facing challenges, setbacks and false starts.

The year 2005 will be recorded as a turning point in the history of Iraq, the history of the Middle East and the history of freedom.

Meanwhile, al-Qaida and other terrorist and insurgents have issued statements calling the elections a "satanic project."

Nonetheless, Iraqis don't appear to be intimidated by this, as Iraq The Model is reporting that expected voter turnout should be around 68%, a whopping 8% higher than U.S. voter turnout in the 2004 presidential election, which happened to be our highest turnout since 1968. (HT: Gateway Pundit)

Over at National Review Online, Bill Bennett is urging store owners to "Go Purple" and show support for the Iraqi elections.

Lastly, a new ABC News Poll shows 71% of Iraqis say that life is going good for them.

This is a whole lot of good news, and it all bodes well for Democracy in Iraq.