I have been thinking a lot recently about Galatians 5:1: "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free." (NIV) Of course, the apostle Paul is not speaking of political ideologies here; Christ's death on the cross served to free mankind from the bonds of sin. But the concept of freedom as the ultimate, desired state of mankind is firmly rooted in Judeo-Christian doctrine. It is the concept of mankind as one unified body - complete equality among humanity in the eyes of God, and the astounding reality that all of us were equally worthy of Christ's sacrifice - that led to the abolition of tyranny and slavery in the Christian West, and birthed the doctrine of "liberty and justice for all."
Much as it was a guilty pleasure to watch "liberals" flail their arms at the actual liberation of Iraq from Saddam's cruel dictatorship, it has been thoroughly entertaining to watch "democrats" wail and gnash their teeth over an actual democratic election in Iraq. The early data suggests somewhere between 70% - 80% turnout, which is exhilarating. It could well be the final blow to any organized or powerful fundamentalist Muslim terrorist insurgency. (Sorry, Michael Moore.) And it's a deliberate finger in the eyes of the nattering nabobs of negativism that seem to overwhelmingly populate the American political Left.
Funny, isn't it, how these same nay-sayers and doom-and-gloomers who lament that force was used to remove Saddam Hussein were rarely ever heard complaining about the fact that Saddam used fear, suffering, and death on an order of magnitude far greater than anything used during Operation Iraqi Freedom in order to perpetuate his own regime.
And the same people now calling the election a sham, and complaining that only ignorant dupes voted in an election whose candidates were all Bush's stooges, never had much to say about previous "free" elections in Cuba or Iraq in which 99% of the people voted and the ruling party regularly received 99% of the votes cast. (I've always assumed that anyone foolish enough to vote "no" in one of these "elections" mysteriously disappeared shortly afterwards; perhaps citizens in those nations knew better than to ask questions if a commodity like sausage suddenly became cheap and plentiful after election day...)
It's also ironic that these folks, who consider the Iraqi election illegitimate because Sunni Muslims were generally expected to not vote, apparently have no problem with the idea of excluding born-again Christians from American elections.
Iraqi elections = an illegitimate sham.