The Nudnik File

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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

              Yes, But...
What happened in Iraq this past weekend was truly remarkable. Perhaps the most important Arab country held elections - something that has been unheard of in the modern Middle East. Pretty much everyone recognized the significance of this event...with the exception of the Democrats. Mark Steyn points out that these are the same people who have been wrong about everything over the last 3 years.
AND so the "looming Iraqi election fiasco" joins "the brutal Afghan winter" and "the brutal Iraqi summer" and "the seething Arab street" and all the other junk in the overflowing trash can of post-9/11 Western media fictions. The sight of millions of brave voters emerging from polling stations holding high their purple dye-stained fingers was so inspiring that, from America's Democratic Party to European protest rallies, opponents of the war waited, oh, all of three minutes before flipping the Iraqis their own fingers, undyed.

"No one in the United States should try to over-hype this election," warned John Kerry yesterday before embarking on the world champion limbo dance of Iraqi election under-hyping.

He has a point. One vote does not a functioning democracy make. To be a truly advanced, sophisticated democracy you need an opposition party that knows how to react to good news by sounding whiny and grudging and moving the goalposts. "The real test is not the election," he declared, airily swatting aside 8 million voters. "The real test is..."
The Diplomad calls these people "The Comma-ists".
There is one group of singularly anti-American types who just have had the hardest time imaginable praising the events of January 30. Who are these foul anti-Americans? Has The Diplomad taught you nothing? Why the leaders of the Democratic Party of the USA, of course! The party that has become the party of the Comma-ists. You know what we mean: the types who must always insert a comma after a ritual throw-away phrase. For example: "Of course the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were horrible [Here it comes! Listen for it!] [COMMA] but US policy in the Middle East . . ." "Of course the Iraqi elections were a good thing [COMMA] but they will not resolve the serious issue of severe income inequality in East St. Louis, or the growing gender disparity in the granting of scholarships to welding schools . . ."
I'm not saying that the Right has not made mistakes in the GWOT and in Iraq. But at the very least, they recognize the importance of the elections and celebrate the beginning of democracy and the "march of freedom" in an area that has known neither.
|| Nudnik 11:44 AM
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