Iraqi Poll: Will Sunnis in the Triangle Vote? (You'd be surprised...)
The Word Unheard out of Iraq is that over half of all Iraqis in the violent Sunni Triangle still plan to vote...and nearly half of all Sunnis in The Triangle.
Peter Brookes has written an Op-Ed in the New York Post that is aimed at the 'oracles of doom' within the United States (MSM, that's you).
THERE are those out there — and you know who you are — more interested in seeing the Bush administration fail in Iraq than in seeing democracy succeed.
Sorry, oracles of doom: You're about to be disappointed.
A just-released poll by the National Endowment for Democracy's highly-respected International Republican Institute (IRI) suggests that Sunday's Iraqi elections will be much more successful than the nattering nabobs of negativity predict.
IRI conducted the poll Dec. 26 to Jan. 7 in 16 (of 18) Iraqi provinces. It shows that "anticipated participation numbers among Iraqis remain consistent [with previous polls], with over 80 percent stating that they are very likely or somewhat likely to vote on Jan. 30."
Contrast that 80 percent turnout with our own 60 percent turnout last November — America's highest since 1968.
There's more: The survey also indicates that more than half of all Iraqis living in the troubled Sunni areas — and nearly half of the Sunnis, themselves — are "likely" or "somewhat likely" to vote...
If you have been thinking that the election is going to be a 'miserable failure', you have been watching too much cable news. It will not be a stroll to the local elementary school in Deer Lick, Indiana, but it will not be a failure. Remember: This is the birth of democracy within a violent region and culture, in a country surrounded by violent neighbors desperate to see it fail.
The Iraqi people will rebuff their designs.
See this, compliments of The Adventures of Chester and the fourth rail. Freedom will have a new home, starting officially Sunday.