Thursday, December 15, 2005

"This is where we turn the corner . . . "

This is where we turn the corner; where the Iraqi people make the decision to collectively put the insurgency in the ground.
Lt. Col. Scott Morrison with the 5th Brigade in Mosul, Iraq.

Reports from all over Iraq are coming in of millions of Iraqis dressing up in their best to go to the polls to vote. Children playing in the streets and smiling faces everywhere. And very little murdering occurring (Iraqi police arrested a terrorist with 72 bombs destined for polling places). One soldier described the atmosphere in Mosul as "one large playground".

Another said that Iraqis and their children are "walking the streets waving at the Americans and Iraqi-army patrols as they pass by,"

Said an Iraqi soldier,
I want all the killing and bleeding to stop. I want children to live a happy life.
How could anyone say this was wrong, much less that we should turn tail and abandon these people?

Lots more here:
Secular Blasphemy: split between secularists and sectarians more or less like the US
New York Times: But . . .
Washington Post: But . . .
BBC But . . .
Austin Bay: says no if's, and's or but's.

Indepundit: "Freedom marches forward." Smash has reports from all over Iraq.
Stop the ACLU: Giving tyranny the Purple Finger
Political Pit Bull: "But it is also a victory for peace and democracy . . ." and he doesn't think it will be the last.
Air America: six sentences. Thanks!
No End But Victory: with an average Iraqi's opinions on the candidates.

American Future: with a summary from news sources
Decision '08: Victory in Iraq is a more secure world . . .
The Real Ugly American: Has a rundown on comment from around the world. Gets real ugly with Jean in Paris; "Thank you To Jean for reminding me why I wouldn’t piss on france if it was on fire. You pathetic little pig."
Blogs for Bush: Freedom and Democracy are on the march.
Euphoric Reality: with a roundup of first-hand accounts of the voting.

California Conservative is maintaining an open post.
Peace Like A River: Reminds us of the price paid for this mission.
Strata-Sphere: Has a message for Murtha and Pelosi and Dean and all the liberals.
Michelle Malkin:. . . but don't let it pass without thanking the men and women of the U.S. military and coalition forces who helped make it possible.
Conservative Thinking: Today we are all Iraqis.

Pajamas Media: Hired 8 reporters from around Iraq. Says turnout at Mosul at 80%.

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