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Another Vote in Iraq

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Another Vote in Iraq

December 14, 2005
Tomorrow is another big day in Iraq. Iraqis will vote for their new legislative assembly. This vote will be the final one to establish a representative government. Don’t expect the violence to stop, though, because the terrorists don’t want representative government.
A new ABC News poll shows surprising levels of optimism in Iraq with living conditions improved and expectations for the future high. That cuts against the pessimistic reporting by the major media in this country. I guess we should be glad ABC News isn’t carried in Iraq.
The poll shows vast differences in views among Iraqi groups. Sunnis are increasingly disaffected, while Shiites and Kurds and much more positive.
Seven in ten Iraqis say their lives are going well, despite the daily violence, and nearly two-thirds expect things to improve in the year ahead.
If Iraq becomes reasonably stable and able to defend itself against foreign and domestic enemies, the American left will have committed political suicide in its opposition to the country’s liberation. And they will be another benefit to emerge from this war.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.