Friday, December 30, 2005

Hard Work

Word has it a thousand Sunnis protested in Kirkuk this week that the election results were wrong. Until 20,000 Kurds showed up in a counter protest. Suddenly, the Sunnis all determined it was time to go home. After being in power for so long, I guess they just can’t seem to realize that they are a minority party here and in a democracy, that means you just don’t run the place any more. But the mere fact that is was largely peaceful is a great testimony to the work accomplished here.

This is not lost on some Americans, little ones in this case, that sent these letters. Proof positive are these three soldiers who came in for a new gunner’s protection kit. They didn’t last very long before dozing off….

With something of a government in place, power grid growing and business taking off here especially in the North, and the Iraqis are preparing to run a part of this base. It’s hard to believe how fast some things seem to be moving now.

8 comments:

Curtis said...

dude, don't you mean SUNNI'S were protesting?

Curtis said...

"they are a minority party here and in a democracy, that means you just don’t run the place any more."

I guess that doesn't apply to the 4% of the worlds population that are Americans since we pretty much run the world.

Ernest said...

Well, "the world" is not a democracy, it's a battle front between freedom and tyranny. But isn't amazing that with only 4 percent of the world's population, with either direct intervention or indirect influence, America preserves freedom and rights in over half of the world's countries?

Ernest said...

Dude! I can't believe no one else caught that! I did err by having "Shiites" where "Sunnis" has now been correctly edited in.

Curtis said...

Correct, the world isn't a democracy, though there are some quasi-democratic institutions such as the UN. It is there that we do things like vetoing a ban on fissile material production for nuclear weapons that the entire rest of the world supported. The vote was something like 147-1 in the general assembly. Rather undemocratic of us some would argue.

SRA said...

Happy 2006, Ernest. Hope you get to see American soil (and walk on it, of course) this year sometime soon.

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Ernest said...

Thank you, SRA, that is so sweet. May your wishes come true, for me and for yourself in the New Year...

Karyn said...

Ernest,
Happy New Year! I just wanted to let you know that I stole a pic and plugged you at my site. I hope that wasn't totally inappropriate, but I wanted my pals to be able to see what you see. Also, you are such a great witness for God, and I feel so compelled to share His works, especially since 9/11 and over in your neck of the woods with my little cyber niche. Hope all is well and I pray for you all the time. Karyn