Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Iraqi Provincial Elections

So I was trying to get the specifics on this, but I was listening to NPR this morning and the chatter was about Iraqi elections being held at the end of this month and how the outcome of that election could certainly effect Obama's ability to enact some good plans with respect to our occupation. Namely a plan to phase out our current level of involvement. What I heard that shocked me somewhat was that several of the candidates had already been assassinated. I know we make a fuss over our pathetic discourse and how silly our party politics are and how shameful attacks on character or bias seem to reflect more on the debate than the actual... debate. Still, we have yet to ever experience, and I hope we never experience such violent transition of power like we see in many countries around the world.

One of the things that makes January 20th a special day for America is a fact that peaceful transition has been the hallmark of the American legacy. However strong disagreements are and however harsh the tone of rhetoric may get, our former President congratulated his successor with a hug. Bullets did not fly, wounds were not made and no one was imprisoned, banished or exiled. My hope in this new administration is that we are consistently reminded that what we have here is something precious, something that is irregular globally and something that was created by a people with ambition for something better.

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