Friday, January 14, 2005

Founding Fathers

Iraq is a dangerous place to be right now. The terrorists trying to tear this country apart are in the most danger, as they are being hunted down and killed daily. However, no one denies that coalition troops and our Iraqi allies are in danger as well.

The Iraqi people working build their country and get their government on its feet have my respect. They are popular targets for terrorists, since they offer a much easier target than heavily armed and well trained Soldiers, and because intimidation is one of the terrorists' favorite tactics.

The NYTimes runs "Under Fire, Election Workers in Iraq are Scared but Resolute." It gives a good look into the lives of the people whom history will remember as Iraq's founding fathers and mothers.

Teaser:

This particular worker says he does it to serve his country. "There are a lot of people around the world who also would fight for what I do," he said after finishing his day recently at the election commission. "I believe in democracy."

Keep in mind that the report focuses on Baghdad, which is one of the most dangerous places to work as an election official. Many places are much less hostile, but all the Iraqis brave enough to risk their lives to provide a better life for their children and countrymen deserve our respect. They are putting great faith in us to back them up, and we must not let them down.

Hat tip to Captain Ed, who has this to say about the Iraqi election workers:

However, unlike many in the US, they don't want to cut and run, leaving the country to the Islamofascists while abandoning the majority of Iraqis that want peaceful self-determination. Perhaps some of our own politicians can be inspired to show a bit more courage in defense of democracy.

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