Monday, October 17, 2005

I bet you'll never see this in Reuters

Via Dr. Sanity, here's a photo of some participants in the Iraqi referendum that you're unlikely to see in that Axis of Negativity (Reuters, the BBC, the AP):

The "ayes" seem to have it.

[ADDENDUM: It turns out there's a tradition of Bush photos in Iraq, apparently. See the Hitchens quote here.]


At 3:52 PM, October 17, 2005, Anonymous Richard Aubrey said...

Would it be a sin to go onto leftwing blogs or websites and post



At 4:04 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Brad said...

They would just delete the comment. Remember, the left holds dearly the freedom of expression, as long as you express the right thing.

At 4:28 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

All politics are local. This phenomenon produces such interesting snapshots into human nature. Leading to such things as.

Bush being more popular in Israel than Sharon is.

Bush being more popular in Iraq than Bush is in his own nation.

Tony Blair being more popular and well liked by Americans than by the British, who both see him a lot and elect his party a lot.

To Aubrey, it would be a sin to go there and call them goats, since sheep is too good a term for them. But posting the word gloat, wouldn't be a sin.

At 5:17 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger The Bunnies said...

I went over to Democratic Underground for some enlightenment. There was no mention of the election whatsoever until a couple of hours ago when they posted an article about potential fraud.

They then spoke primarily about Florida and Ohio and how Bush is just trying to set up a puppet state. Not even an allusion to anything that might even closely resemble something good. The lack of violence has not yet been mentioned.

CNN has been hardly saying anything.

At 6:29 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Michael B said...

Reuters, the BBC and all their emulators and epigones are investing a great deal in their certitudes, repeatedly offered as truth and sum certain knowledge.

Walid Phares, in concluding a piece entitled Iraqi Victory, American Achievement, notes the following:

"Jihadi terrorism is most likely destined to strike again and continue to do so, but the defenses of Iraq and democracy are growing stronger. In this decades-long conflict, that has witnessed bloodshed and destruction on U.S. shores, the success of the referendum in Iraq is as valuable as a Normandy-like victory for U.S. and coalition forces.

"The war is long from being won, but one of America's most important allies has grown bolder and stronger. The United States sacrificed 2,000 of its best young soldiers to remove a dictator, fight al Qaida in Iraq and protect the rise of a civil society. In return, a new republic was formed, and millions of citizens have been able to take their destinies in their hands. In the middle of the War on Terror, October 15 was a great achievement of the United States, but above all an Iraqi victory. If we divide the number of US soldiers who died in the conflict till October 15, we'd realize that for each fallen hero, 4,500 Iraqi voters were given the right to vote against Terror. In the global conflict with Jihadism, U.S. efforts and sacrifices are triggering greater resources against the empire projected by Ayman Thawahiri and Usama Bin Laden.

"The most difficult times may still be ahead in this conflict waged by the Jihadists, but somewhere in the Middle East, some people have spoken against democracy's enemies: and that is one victory."

Phares's subheadings are also telling:

Security Victory
The National Consensus Widens and Strengthens
The Federal Structure Is Adopted
The Distribution of Oil Dividends

Nonplussed, the Left notes there have been costs, also noting the future offers no certainties. Yet they elide enormities as well, ensuring every ounce of truth is leavened with an ounce or more of studied avoidance, obtuse forgetfulness and short-sighted distortions. After all the vision of the self-anointed is at stake and BDS requires the utmost devotion and the endless repetition of their contrived liturgies. They have their priorities.

h/t InstaPundit, WindsOfChange and elsewhere

At 8:05 PM, October 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This one photo made my last four years worth every frustrated minute.

That, and President Bush's look of great joy on his face when he spoke of the election with Bulgaria's Prime Minister.

At 9:28 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger PatCA said...

Of course we won't see this on NBC or ABC or CNN. The poverty of imagination that the left displays is staggering. Do they think that people all over the world are like them, debating the fine points of the legality of the war in a coffee lounge, cosseted and comforted by the same government they so loathe?

Most people are trying to stay alive, as are Hitchens' Kurds, and are rightfully amazed at the 12 years and hopefully many more the Bushes have given them.

At 10:05 PM, October 17, 2005, Anonymous strcpy said...

I know how to spin it - these women are just showing the man they loath and want dead beacuse of the rape they have done to thier country. It's like the FBI's wanted posters!!

I'm sure the lefties can figure out someway that they can safely ignore this. They have nearly everything else even when shown undeniable proof they are wrong about simple things like what people said and when.

At 10:42 PM, October 17, 2005, Anonymous colagirl said...

These poor ignorant unenlightened women don't really *understand* how thoroughly evil Chimpy Bushitler is. They're simply not educated enough to realize that the whole thing is a fascist ultraconservative plot to kill off all the Iraqis and steal their oil.

Bet they even think they're better off now than under Saddam, too. It's sad, really.

At 12:00 AM, October 18, 2005, Blogger jamie d said...

i live in liberal madison wisconsin. i to was once a left winger...i made the switch before 9/11...but that date confimed that i made the correct decision to leave the closed minded libs in the 20th century. I chose to live realitically in the 21st century. keep up the good fight.

At 6:16 AM, October 18, 2005, Blogger Goesh said...

Wagging purple fingers and carrying a picture of George Bush - what next? Anticipating a space exploration program for their grandchildren? Paved roads and running water for all Iraqis? Expanded health care? Don't they know they are victims of Halliburton/Cheney/Bush? What's wrong with them?

At 7:27 AM, October 18, 2005, Anonymous Paul said...

The mainstream media doesn't get a great deal of my respect and trust ! One wonders what goes unreported and unseen in Iraq.

At 10:21 AM, October 18, 2005, Blogger terrye said...

There is an old saying: the best revenge is living well.

I hope that the people of Iraq have a better tomorrow. I would say they earned it.

At 10:46 AM, October 18, 2005, Blogger Goesh said...

Yeah, the Iraqi Constitution will forbid dissidents from being put through plastic shredding machines. People who resign from high-ranking government jobs will not be flogged either. I think it was Uday who had a man flogged for wanting to retire. There was a clip on it - the rest of the staff had to watch. Athletes who do poorly will not be tortured either, though I wouldn't mind flogging my losing Minnesota Vikings.

At 1:16 PM, October 18, 2005, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

One of the MOST hilarious things around, is how different cultures see things differently. Okay, that's a no brainer, but there's a specific irony in this event.

You see, most people in the US when they look at Bush and Bush senior, they think about how Bush went into Iraq cause of vengeance. Now they may or may not have a problem with that, but they certainly feel a great annoyance that AMerican soldiers are dieing because the President wanted some vengeance.

On another note, the Middle East sees it different probably.

They probably see it as Bush Junior fixing the problems and making good on broken promises that his Dad had made.

The Middle East is built on a tribal foundation. In which the village elders, of one specific family/extended-family decides most matters. In Kuwait, they have one ruling royal family, in which all their Prime Ministers belong to.

So the Arabs probably see Bush Junior and Bush Senior as part of the "same" ruling family.

That creates trust, a sense of stability, concerning a foreign country you don't know jack about except that they tend to be weak, decadent, and wont to interfere then leave too early. (Somalia, Vietnam)

Now isn't that ironic. The Bush dynasty is more popular in the ME than it is in the US...
Oh well.

At 2:16 PM, October 18, 2005, Anonymous The Unknown Blogger said...


Let's see, two Iraqi women right next to each other, carrying identical photos of Bush, identically framed, while lined up to vote.

What with this administrations penchant for manipulating media (for example the planted reporter in the WH press corps, the WH propaganda masquerading as news reports, and most recently the scripted video conference with troops in Iraq) I don't think it's being too much of a wild-eyed liberal to be a bit curious as to the background of that picture...

At 2:42 PM, October 18, 2005, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

What with this administrations penchant for manipulating media

I don't know why, but that is very funny to me.

At 3:00 PM, October 18, 2005, Anonymous The Unknown Blogger said...

By the way, although I am curious about the photo, don't think I'm not really happy any time there is an election in Iraq. They are definitely a good thing and besides, for some reason there seem to be fewer bombs on those days.

At 7:19 PM, October 18, 2005, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

Must have been cause of the media, terroists must have gotten tired of the media showing their bombs killing civilians and felt a lot of guilt over it. So they stopped...

What else would have made them stop except their basic human decency that we all know is lurking beneath a rehabilitable exterior?

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