Defying Threats, Millions of Iraqis Flock to Polls
By Dexter Filkins, NY Times - January 31, 2005
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 30 - "Defying death threats, mortars and suicide bombers, Iraqis turned out in great numbers on Sunday to vote in this country's first free elections in 50 years, offering a powerful, if uneven, endorsement of democratic rule 22 months after Saddam Hussein was overthrown.
Voters in Shiite and Kurdish areas turned out in especially large numbers, and at the day's end election officials here estimated that the nationwide turnout could exceed 60 percent. The turnout in the Sunni-dominated areas like Falluja and Mosul...., where the guerrilla insurgency rages
and where many Sunni leaders had called for a boycott, appeared to be substantially lower.
Still, election officials said voting in the Sunni-dominated provinces had appeared to exceed initial expectations, and in some cases might reach 40 percent...." entire article
On NY Times' e-mailed news alerts this morning, the above article was featured more negatively as: "NY Times 'Today's headlines: "Attacks kill 35; Turnout heavy among Shiites and Kurds.' "
In the rest of the NYTimes article---in addition to their statement above "where the guerilla insurgency rages"---they included the following negatives:
"They did so despite relentless insurgent attacks that left 35 people dead, plus nine suicide bombers...."
"For Iraqi and American officials, the prospect of a broad Sunni boycott has proved to be the most troubling aspect of the elections...."
"The dire predictions appeared to be borne out in some areas of the Sunni Triangle, the area north and west of Baghdad where the insurgency burns with the greatest intensity. In the town of Baji in northern Iraq, election officials did not show up."
"In Ramadi, where Iraqi officials set up a pair of polling places just outside the city, a total of just 300 ballots were cast, many of them by police officers and soldiers...."
"But in Mosul, a Sunni-majority city and the country's third largest, the reports were mixed and contradictory. Some officials reported lines of voters stretching outside polling places in the city's Arab districts, with others saying the insurgents were managing to keep voters away...."
"In November, more than 4,000 police officers in Mosul fled their posts when they were attacked by insurgents, and earlier this month, the city's entire election commission resigned...."
"Still, there were troubling signs that in some pockets of Mosul's Arab districts, the insurgents were successfully keeping voters away."
"It was unclear how the results would affect Sunni resentment, one of the most daunting challenges to Iraq's future...."
Like Senators Edward "Ted" Kennedy and John Kerry, and some other liberal elite hard-left Democrat Congressmembers and operatives, the NY Times just could not appreciate or present the good news about the outstanding success of the Irac election without coloring it as negatively as possible with all their negative "buts," "stills," and qualifications that take away some of the joy and as much of the credit to the Bush Administration as possible.
Ted Kennedy, the leading fanatic on the left, set the tone for Democrats to follow, with his televised remarks that the U.S. is more of a threat to Irac than the terrorists are and the Irac War is a "quagmire" and with his demands that President Bush begin pulling out our troops---starting with 12,000 troops pulled out "immediately."
John Kerry, who hasn't gotten it that he lost the election and, like Kennedy, is not Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, proceeded on yesterday's Sunday morning TV News Shows---as well as before cameras outside afterwards---to preach to the Administration that they must not "hype" the enormous turnout of Iraqis to vote and claim their right to a democratic form of government as a success. Kerry also assumed to set a new arbitrary "real test" that President Bush must pass in the United States' future role in Irac. In other words, George W. Bush, don't you dare try to take any credit for your, your Defense Department's, U.S. troops', U.S. Allies', and Iraqis' accomplishments and enormous success. And here are the tests you have to pass and here is what you must and must not do. Yatta, yatta, yatta...
Quite obviously, both Kennedy and Kerry timed their remarks to deflate the good news as much as possible---as did the NY Times in the above article and CNN in their reporting about the Irac election. Since when do leftist Senators or the media get to set up arbitrary "tests" that the President must pass to their satisfaction? And since when does the President have to provide a timetable for military actions in wartime to civilian partisan politicians and in so doing also inform the enemy? Never, that's when.
Not to be outdone, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are both coming out to provide an earlier today CNN announced "rebuttal" of President George W. Bush's State of the Union speech---when he hasn't even given the State of the Union yet or distributed it to the press. These elite liberal hard-left Democrat politicians and their like-minded media sidekicks, who are going down the CBS road of partisan politics presented as "news," forget what fate befell the last Senate Minority Leader and chief obstructionist Tom Daschle, the plummeting of CBS and CNN's ratings and the decline of readership and subscribers to the NY Times. They are so caught up in their hatred for George W. Bush and all things Republican, their determination to block Bush and his Administration from getting any credit for their earned successes, and trying to shove their socialist anti-war ideology down the throats of all Americans, that they don't see that they are creating their own demise. What we're seeing from these folks is the true face of abject desperation.
Americans get it. And they're fast finding sources for legitimate, unbiased and pro-America news.
Our troops also get it...and they're increasingly talking and writing about the negativism and negative reporting that only shows terrorist successes rather than those of our troops and civilians who are fighting and working in Irac and have outstanding accomplishments to their credit. I doubt they were too happy to hear that some American Democrat Senators think our troops are creating a "quagmire" and are more of a danger to the Iraqi people and their country than the terrorists who are attacking and beheading them....or that they must be yanked out of Irac before their job is successfully completed....or that their President and Commander-in-Chief should shut up and not "hype" their successes in Irac as what they are---successes. They are true heroes one and all and they deserve recognition, credit and thanks for all they do to bring freedom and security to the Iraqi people and preserve ours here at home.