Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Iraqi Elections

I've been debating with myself whether to do a post about about the Iraqi elections. Happily, in today's L.A. Times Arianna Huffington said pretty much exactly what I was thinking. Here's an excerpt:

It's impossible not to be moved by the stories coming out of Iraq: voters braving mortar blasts to cast ballots; election workers counting votes by the glow of oil lamps; teary-eyed women in traditional garb proudly holding up their purple-ink-stained fingers.

It was a great moment. A Kodak moment. And unlike the other Kodak moments from this war — think Saddam Hussein's tumbling statue and Jessica Lynch's "rescue" — this one was not created by the image masters at Karl Rove Productions.

But this moment, however moving, should not be allowed to erase all that came before it, leaving us unprepared for all that may come after it. The triumphalist fog rolling across the land has all the makings of another “Mission Accomplished” moment.

Forgive me for trotting out Santayana's dictum that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, but, for God's sake, can't we even remember last week?

So, amid all the talk of turning points and historic days, let us steadfastly refuse to drink from the River Lethe, which brought forgetfulness and oblivion to my ancient ancestors.


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