Sunday, January 30

OVER 1,400 HAVE DIED, BUT FOR A NOBLE RESULT

America and its true allies have prevailed. A proud people caught in the grip of oppression for so long is on its way to freedom and self-rule now. It's been a tortuous journey -- both militarily and politically -- but democracy has won the day. From spider hole to ballot box, Iraqis have stayed the course, as have their liberators. Intimidators and naysayers alike have been answered. The mettle of a nation was tested and courage soared over cowardice. Ballots trumped bombs. An imperfect election seems somehow perfect, far eclipsing expectations. Yes, people have died, but in a noble cause; and for those who lived to see this day, to cast their choices in a free election, to stand in a polling booth, thus rejecting the legacy of Suddam Hussein's genocidal brutality, they and all the world will long remember this day. For tyranny has foundered on the rocks of liberty and tyrants have been disarmed by ballots.