During the 2008 campaign, then-Senator Barack Obama declared: “We were told this [war in Iraq] would make us safer and that this would be a model of democracy in the Middle East. Hasn’t turned out that way….This [Bush] administration’s policy has been a combination of extraordinary naivety — the notion that, you know, we’ll be greeted as liberators, flowers will be thrown at us in Iraq, we’ll be creating a Jeffersonian democracy, that it’s a model.” (see Inside TheRevolution, p. 321)
Guess what? The war was worth it, the surge worked, and a real democracy is emerging in Iraq, despite what the cynics and naysayers told us.
Please be praying for the people of Iraq this weekend. The country holds national elections for parliament on Sunday, March 7. Nineteen million Iraqis are registered to vote. More than 6,200 candidates are running. The polls open at 7am local time and close at 5pm. Radical Islamic extremists are expected to launch a series of violent attacks in hopes of disrupting the elections. But as I reported in my book,Inside The Revolution, last year, the pro-democracy Reformers in Iraq have decisively gained the upper hand. Even the mainstream media is beginning to concede the Radicals are losing ground and the Reformers are succeeding. Last week, for example, a Newsweek cover story entitled, “Victory At Last,”trumpeted “the emergence of a democratic Iraq,” and declared “it most certainly is a watershed event that could come to represent a whole new era in the history of the massively undemocratic Middle East.”
“This election is big. It is simply enormous,”U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill told USA Today. “If this goes well … and if the government formation goes well, this could usher in a whole new beginning for this country and also U.S. relations with Iraq.”