Sunday, January 30, 2005

Iraqis vote today

UPDATE: Read about Election Day in Iraq at Friends of Democracy.

A blue badge of courage and freedom.

Update: In a strong showing despite the threats and backdrop of terrorist violence, Iraqis are voting today against violent historical forces that rage against progress. Thomas Jefferson, a protagonist in our nation's bloody and hard-won campaign for democracy, would be proud.

Read about Iraq's historic vote:
Iraq the Model
Fayrouz, Live from Dallas

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
- President Theodore Roosevelt

The full speech, "The Man In The Arena," was delivered at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, April 23, 1910. Nod to Citizen Smash for the reminder.

God bless the American soldier, Democracy's champion.




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