Thursday, February 17, 2005

The wrong side of history?

After what can only be described as exceptional Shi'ite and Kurdish turnout for the Iraqi election, all of us anti war types are forced to re-examine our response to this war and ask ourselves- are we going to be on the wrong side of history?

Even with all the distortions, misinformation and outright lies of this administration; even with the collosal bungling of the post war phase of the operation; and even though this administration at first opposed early, open elections but was forced into them by the eminence grise of Iraqi politics, Sheik Sistani, if Iraq becomes a stable, functioning Middle Eastern democracy, then most people will see this war as a success. But lets not get ahead of ourselves. We've been here before, kind of:

U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote :
Officials Cite 83% Turnout Despite Vietcong Terror

by Peter Grose, Special to the New York Times (9/4/1967: p. 2)

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3-- United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam's presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting.

According to reports from Saigon, 83 per cent of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the Vietcong.

The size of the popular vote and the inability of the Vietcong to destroy the election machinery were the two salient facts in a preliminary assessment of the nation election based on the incomplete returns reaching here.

3 Comments:

Blogger matthew_lt said...

This is probablly some of the best "then/now" commentary I've heard. It's interesting to see the then/now relationships to see how much we really learn.

2:05 AM  
Blogger matthew_lt said...

This is probablly some of the best "then/now" commentary I've heard. It's interesting to see the then/now relationships to see how much we really learn.

2:05 AM  
Blogger GumboFil√© said...

Righteousness is often on the wrong side of mainstream history, which is written by the powerful. This war was initiated under the guise of WMD for the purpose of gaining control of Iraqi oil. From the WMD perspective, it's an obvious failure. From the Iraqi oil perspective, it may be a success in progress, if you disregard the financial and human cost. From the perspective of the powerful, success is guaranteed because even in failure they get the government contracts with the golden parachutes.

11:11 PM  

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