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  • Kennedy Sees a Herd, Iraqis a Pack

    Posted by Ginny on February 4th, 2005 (All posts by )

    Free Iraqi’s report from Radio Sawa:

    Citizens of Al Mudiryiah were subjected to an attack by several militants today who were trying to punish the residents of this small town for voting in the election last Sunday.

    The citizens responded and managed to stop the attack, kill 5 of the attackers, wounded 8 and burned their cars.

    3 citizens were injured during the fire exchange. The Shiekh of the tribe to whom the 3 wounded citizens belong demanded more efforts from the government to stop who he described as “Salafis”. [via Instapundit via Gay Patriot.]

    This was a heartening juxtaposition with the news tonight, which showed Teddy Kennedy berating defense officials, raving that no Iraqis were fighting and only Americans were shedding blood. And this story is also more heartening than other current stories that make him look foolish, such as this one, which describes the twelve police recruits killed as a “lesson” to any Iraqis who might want to taint their country with the rule of law & democracy.

    Both the soldiers represented by those men defending their policies in that committee room and those Iraqis who braved threats to vote are examples of courage we don’t expect to see in a Senate hearing room, a courage I doubt I could command. But I do understand what that courage serves: the vote, the open mike in that committee room where our representatives–people owing their place to our vote–can grill representatives of the army, big business, the administration. That courage serves the causes those partisan hacks abuse. But the expression of that tired and absurd anger (if not the anger itself) represents much that is bigger than Teddy. I’m just surprised that someone whose family has gained its fame and power from the votes others cast for them would not see the importance of those purple fingers and the reason those recruits were willing to take on that challenge and risk that death.

     

    4 Responses to “Kennedy Sees a Herd, Iraqis a Pack”

    1. Jonathan Says:

      I’m just surprised that someone whose family has gained its fame and power from the votes others cast for them would not see the importance of those purple fingers and the reason those recruits were willing to take on that challenge and risk that death.

      Well put. Ted Kennedy’s behavior WRT this issue is disgraceful.

    2. incognito Says:

      Gotta feel sorry for people who live in Massachusetts, their senators are Kennedy and Kerry. I guess it must be just as bad as us in California who have Boxer and Feinstein.

      Chappaquiddick…

    3. dick Says:

      Ginny,

      You have it wrong. The Kennedys and Kerrys of this world do not think of the people who vote for them. They consider it a God-given right for them to be senator from Massachusetts. The people do not matter to them at all. I truly think this is one of the problems Kerry is having with realizing that he lost the election. He thought the presidency should be his by divine right. After all, his initials are JFK.

    4. Fritz Meyer Says:

      Kerry put his face on TV the day of the Iraqi elections hoping to gloat at the misery of the Iraqi people for his own political opportunism. Funny, had Kerry been elected there wouldn’t have been any elections and the ensuing riots because of the Euro delay would have been blamed on Bush. That should make us all feel warm and fuzzy!