Some of this is a bit of inside baseball stuff, but seeing the way the Fundamentalists are continuing to lose ground in Iraq's democratic process is an ongoing reminder of the fallacy that Democrats proposed that Iraq was a permanent basket case full of nutty foreigners that were incapable of grasping the concept of liberty.
It also is a reminder of the prescience of George W. Bush whose faith in the Universality of inalienable rights and natural law is playing out before our eyes.....that is if you can dig past the farce of the Drive by Media.
The Islamic party of Iraq was the power structure in place in Anbar before the awakening. They were considered corrupt, impudent, full of promises without action, and in many cases actually collaborating with AQI. The Awakening councils formed and did the heavy lifting of working with the Americans to eject AQI and bring peace to the Sunni Triangle. When they learned the Americans were leaving, they were nervous of the continued power of the Islamic party and galled that agreements in place meant that the Awakening councils would continue to be under the Islamic party...until this weeks elections.
When the US media believed that the Awakening councils had lost they ran to the presses to trumpet the bad news for Iraq, but when it turned out that the Islamic party was stomped, the US media fell silent.
On the Shiite side of the story, it is also worth noting that Muqtada Al Sadr's party has lost big time and Nouri Al Maliki's Shia candidates have shifted the center of gravity from Islamic radicals to a more secular political environment that is more favorable to a unified Iraq than a Fractious State.
Has anybody announced the end of the so called civil war yet?
When they do let's offer our gratitude for the wisdom of George W. Bush.
Back in those days, we had a real President.
From Gateway Pundit:
February 13, 2009
Finally... The Truth About the Islamist Defeat in the Anbar Elections
Iraq held historic democratic elections in January.
The elections occurred without reports of major violence. The sectarian parties made gains and ral-Sadr's radical party was trounced.
This was a magnificent day for Iraq.
But, after the elections the anti-Iraq Western media reported that the elections in the once lost Anbar Province were stolen by the Islamists.
This news was, of course, widely reported:
Tribal groups, known as Awakening Councils, had hoped to win power in Anbar, believing they were entitled because of their contribution to routing al-Qaida.
Election officials have not released official figures from the balloting. Nevertheless, the Iraqi Islamic Party, a Sunni group that is part of the national government, said unofficial tallies showed it would retain control of the province.
Today, we finally hear the truth about the Anbar elections.
The Islamists lost... Big-time.
Nibraz Kazimi, Iraqi expert and blogger at the exceptional Talisman Gate, wrote about the final Anbar election results at The Hudson Institute today.
Nibraz reported on the devastating losses by the Islamist Parties in Anbar Province.
You won't see this reported by the corrupt anti-Iraq media any time soon:
The results from Anbar were supposed to tell us whether tribes are to be a significant political player in Iraq’s future, and the answer is no. The traditional tribal forces had organized themselves within the ‘Tribes of Iraq List’ led by one of several contenders to the grand but ultimately hollow title of the ‘Prince of the Dulaim Tribe’, Ali Hatem al-Suleiman, in alliance with Hamid al-Hayis, a male nurse turned ferocious Al-Qaeda nemesis who had been the former director of the Iraqi National Congress’ office in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar. The Dulaim are by far the most populous tribe in the province. Yet this slate only got 4.5 percent of the vote.
The other Anbar list that most analysts take to be ‘tribal’ is not very tribal at all. It is led by Ahmad Abu Risha, brother to slain Awakening Councils founder Sattar Abu Risha. Their tribe is very small in number, numbering a few hundred. But Ahmad had shied away from tribalism, and billed himself and his coalition as one of urbane businessmen and administrators. They won by 17.1 percent, the second highest vote earners. A rival list, of similar composition headed by the former deputy head of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, who also happens to be a tribal chief, managed to pull off a respectable 7.8 percent. In a sense, the ‘tribesman-turned-chic’ category was the second biggest winners of Anbar’s ballot.
The foremost winners were the neo-Ba’athists, whose best-performing lists took in 17.6 percent, 6.6 percent and 4.6 percent respectively. The next governor of Anbar will probably be picked from their ranks, and Abu Risha has already signaled that he is willing to join their coalition.
The biggest and most unexpected loser was the Iraqi Islamic Party that had trumpeted itself as the leader of Iraq’s Sunnis. Here in Iraq’s most homogenous Sunni province, they only received 15.9 percent— even so, they are being accused of ballot stuffing to get this paltry showing. (Note: The Islamic Party won a majority in the 2005 Anbar elections. They also claimed to be the most significant national force among Iraq’s Sunnis.)
This is a remarkable defeat for Islamist politics in Sunni provinces, notwithstanding all the accusations of corruption and complicity with the ‘occupation’ leveled against the IP. For example, a more militant and equally well-funded Islamist list that had vocally supported the insurgency squeaked by with only 3.2 percent of the vote, reflecting the fact that fundamentalists have lost their footing among Sunnis in a general sense.