Monday, February 02, 2009

Voting In Iraq Is Great Progress

Obama has mentioned little about Iraq in his first few days. It is amazing to have such an political issue that dominated the media for years to virtually fall off the radar for the MSM.

This weekend provincial elections, the first in four years, has been pulled off with little violence. More than 14,000 candidates are competed for 440 seats in 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces.

I was never in favor of invading Iraq, not because Hussein was not a despot and the world is better off without him but because of the quagmire and costs associated with foreign war. There are plenty of despots that are just as bad. But we are there and committed. And it has basically worked, although not without HUGE sacrifices of American lives.

From D&C 134:
1 We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.
2 We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.
3 We believe that all governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same; and that such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people if a republic, or the will of the sovereign.

The road to peace and democracy is still long. However, these peaceful elections show that given a chance, men are able to create a form of government that best suits their needs. Iraqis are building a new system of government in the heart of the Islamic Middle East. Free, peaceful elections are a major step toward that end.

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