However I feel about the war, and the misdirections that allowed it; I do not hesitate to praise the other day’s election in Iraq. 60% of the nation lining up, placing their lives at risk — truly at risk — for a chance to take control of their destiny. Very moving. I don’t see how one can live in a free country and NOT be moved by that. I’ve heard us liberals accused of hoping for disaster, of wanting only more suffering in Iraq, hoping the vote would be a huge failure to embarrass the neocons. Nonsense, it’s just spin put out there to increase ratings for Rush and his ilk. Liberals don’t want further chaos and violence in Iraq; liberal’s wants peace and rebuilding to take place. And I myself couldn’t care less if Bush or Rumsfeld gets the credit, deserved or undeserved. Let’s me get that straight right now, before others continue helpfully trying to articulate my thoughts for me. Forget politics, forget what goes into the history books; that’s impossible to predict. Barring break-through research into free-radicals and cell rejuvenation, we’ll all be gone by the time sober judgments are made about the insane times we live in. Since the end of the cold war I believe we are witnessing the last gasps of religious fundamentalism in all its guises, (well, I can dream anyway). But the lasts gasps of dying scourges are the cruelest and bloodiest.