Sunday, October 16, 2005

Iraq-Word on the Street

Friends from Baghdad to Erbil (Shia, Kurd, and Sunni) today had this to say:

"It's the quietest I've heard it even since January." -(extremely notable in Baghdad)
"The terrorists did not attack today because they wanted the Sunni to come out and vote no, in hopes of it making a divide....but it will not."
"Everyone is happy to vote, even if they are confused on their feelings of the draft."

Either way, this vote was a success. Because, either way, everyone's interests will get served (though I tend to believe that they'll get served sooner with a yes vote than a no, but only since there was agreement to amend the Constitution this week).

Here's what I'm waiting for....from the MSM....ready? I'm telling you, it's coming if it hasn't already. (Keep reading all of the Iraqi blogs for the ground view, the reporting has been amazing!)

"It's widely believed that the reason for the relative quiet (not success-they won't use that word) in Iraq's referendum vote is that the Sunni, who make up a large part of the insurgency in Iraq were out voting today." (-insunating that if the Sunni don't get their way in the vote, you watch, the insurgency will start right up again)

As opposed to the reality, which, as far as I can tell is more like this:

"Today's success in Iraq's referendum vote was in large part because the terrorists hope to divide the country, and were counting on a "no" vote from the Sunni to help them do it, which means that they didn't try to destabilize large areas of Sunni voters. However, if the overall vote is a "no" on the Constitution, another interim government would be elected, which, although it would be a time setback, wouldn't be all that much different than what is going to happen anyhow, which is an inclusion of all interested parties in the process that are willing to work through compromises needed to form a permanent government and Constitution ."

Zarquawi's worst nightmare came true when the Sunni based Islamic Party had the courage to push forward and get themselves involved enough by showing their willingness to compromise and thus his options for causing a descent into civil war by division of the sects in the country were greatly hurt.

One more mile down on the race to liberty and self rule of law for Iraq.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most balanced commentary I've read.The biggest difference between yes and no is time and you pick up the
attitude of the MSM perfectly inmy view. Well done.

8:24 PM  
Blogger jpe said...

Zarquawi's worst nightmare came true

How is democracy Zarqawi's worst nightmare? According to the recently translanted letter from al-Qaeda, the group supports democracy. So I would think the election would hearten him.

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Health Blog said...

Either way, this vote was a success.

1:12 PM  

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