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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Dancing in the Streets

Well...

The buzzwords and catch-phrases re: the Iraqi election are flying all over the place this morning.

The breaking story?

"They're dancing in the streets!"

Let's get into the spin by taking a look at Mariam Kam's post on the AP.
Iraqis danced and clapped with joy Sunday as they voted in their country's first free election in a half-century, defying insurgents who launched eight suicide bombings and mortar strikes at polling stations. The attacks killed at least 36 people.
Soy confusado.

The Iraqis danced and clapped with joy...but 36 people bought the farm.

WTF? WHAT'S THE REAL STORY?!

The real story is "More Dancing in Iraq":
At one polling place in Baghdad, SOLDIERS and VOTERS joined hands in a DANCE, and in Baqouba, voters JUMPED and CLAPPED to CELEBRATE the historic day. At another, an Iraqi policeman in a black ski mask tucked his assault rifle under one arm and took the hand of an elderly blind woman, guiding her to the polls.

In Ramadi, U.S. troops coaxed voters with loudspeakers, preaching the importance of every ballot.
Again with the dancing and clapping. Why is that...anytime you get an article about freedom...or democracy...or an election in a lousy part of the world...you ALWAYS get bits about DANCING AND CLAPPING?

"Because freedom loving people dance when they see freedom. That's something you freedom-haters do not understand, because you hate freedom."

Right.

"You dance for non-marital sex. We dance...because we love freedom."

I've heard that --

"You wouldn't understand why soldiers and voters would join hands in a dance."

I wouldn't. It's creepy --

"You wouldn't understand voters jumping and clapping to celebrate this historic day."

Right. Calm down and get home. Before you get shot --

"And you wouldn't understand why an Iraqi policeman in a black ski mask would tuck his assault rifle under one arm and take the hand of an elderly blind woman in the other."

Actually, I'd think, "Who came up with THAT bit? Did he get the rest of the day off? The other writers must have been pissed." I'd also think, "I could write that stuff. That's a good gig. Where do I sign up? The CIA? The State Department?"

Believe it or not, there was some violence around the dancing and clapping:
In the most deadly attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a polling station in western Baghdad, killing himself, three policemen and a civilian, officials said. Witness Faleh Hussein said the bomber approached a line of voters and detonated an explosives belt.

In a second suicide attack at a polling station, a bomber blew up himself, one policeman and two Iraqi soldiers.

In a third suicide attack at a school in western Baghdad, three people and the bomber died, police said.

And in a fourth, at another school in eastern Baghdad, a suicide bomber killed himself and at least three others. Another five people died in other suicide attacks.

Also, a suicide bomber blew himself up near the home of Iraq's justice minister in western Baghdad in an apparent assassination attempt. The minister was not home but the attack killed one person, an Interior Ministry official said.

The rest were killed in shootings and explosions in several communities north of Baghdad.
In other words, JUST ANOTHER DAY IN IRAQ.

"Except for the dancing and clapping."

Right.

Get ready for some dancing and clapping in Washington and score this round to the Bushies.
The election is a major test of President Bush's goal of promoting democracy in the Middle East. If successful, it also could hasten the day when the United States brings home its 150,000 troops.
Just like the "handover" of power last summer.

Wonder if the new Iraqi government will set up "personal savings accounts" for the worker-bees?

"Sounds good to me."

More later...

(BTW - Condi made the rounds this morning with more tales of dancing and clapping. And people CARRYING EACH OTHER to the polls. That's a good bit, too.)

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