Despite jihadist threats from Abu Musab Al Zarqawi that he and his murderous crew "have declared a fierce war on this evil principle of democracy and those who follow this wrong ideology," at least 8 million Iraqis went to the polls January 30th and voted for democracy in the nation liberated by the United States after more than 30 years of bloody rule by the tyrant, Saddam Hussein.
That the elections were held is a great vindication for President Bush and a magnificent glory to the military servicemen of the United States and other nations in the Coalition of the Willing. All should be proud of the achievement for which they have given sweat, toil, tears, and blood. Their courage is to be applauded by all who value freedom and truth.
Yet even more courageous are the Iraqis who voted and waved their purple fingers in the air, at the cameras, and at Al Qaeda and the bloodthirsty forces of jihad.
For months the terrorist in Iraq have murdered innocents with car bombs, sniper fire, and rocket attacks. They have butchered civilians with beheadings as they droned "Allahu akbar!" "Allah is the greatest god!"
They videotaped their grisly beheadings to terrorize and intimidate all who hoped the good hope for freedom and democracy in Iraq. They take their authority to decapitate their adversaries from a verse of the Koran, and in that verse we witness the magnitude of the courage of the purple fingered Iraqis who defied the bloodlust of jihad.
In Sura 8:12, Mohammed wrote
Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): "I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them."
Read it again: "I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them."
In the same breath that Mohammed commanded jihadists to behead the unfirm in belief and the Unbelievers he also commanded them to cut off their fingertips. Today millions of Iraqis still have the lingering hue of purple on their fingertips, in defiance of the evil butchers who've put Sura 8:12 into practice. They voted in relative safety under the watch of coalition forces, but returned to their homes with nothing but their courage to protect them and their purple fingertips, by which the jihadists have marked them for death.
In a day of wonders, then, marvel in awe at the Iraqis dancing freely, and their purple fingers of courage.
More purple finger stories and commentary around the blogosphere:
Iraq the Model
(Howard) Dean Nation
No more Mister Nice Blog
Cheat Seeking Missiles
IEDs - Iraq Election Diatribes
One Hand Clapping
Diary from Baghdad
The War in Context