Monday, February 16, 2009

You guys remember Iraq, right?

Remember the daily updates from every news outlet here when violence in Iraq was at it's worse?

But no news lately, right? Charles Krauthammer has an update in Friday's WaPo:

Washington hardly noticed a near-miracle abroad. Iraq held provincial elections. There was no Election Day violence. Security was handled by Iraqi forces with little U.S. involvement. A fabulous bazaar of 14,400 candidates representing 400 parties participated, yielding results highly favorable to both Iraq and the United States.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had a slam dunk victory. Why is that important? Because his chief rival was a pro-Iranian nut job of the "religious police" variety. Other religious factions also lost. It's an amazing thing that our msm don't seem very interested in. They were MUCH more interested when death and destruction ruled the day. Their narrative of Iraq being a "quagmire" just didn't work out they way they planned.

Iraqis even celebrated St. Valentine's Day.

Indian Muslims recently burned Bin Laden in effigy. I'd call that a step in the right direction.

The winds of change are slowly blowing across the Middle East. Freedom. You can smell it in the air.