Monday, December 12, 2005

And so it begins... Again.

The Iraqi polls are open this morning to accept the votes of patients, soldiers, and prisoners in the 3rd elections held in that country in the past 18 months. This one is to elect a Parliament under the auspices of the approved Iraqi constitution, the first such Parliament in Iraq's history. It is a huge, momentous occasion and an undeniable sign of the progress and hope in Iraq.

Unless, of course, you're the AP. Then you'll write a story that gives as little credit as possible for the event and bring out every possible negative you can in order to counterbalance what ought to be a purely good news story.

We shall see, now, whether Al Qaeda takes the advice of the Sunni insurgents and stands down for the elections. They might. Of course, it might also be because they lack the strength to take much action any more. Let's watch this one carefully.