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Saturday, October 15, 2005
A Big Win

Today's vote is a huge victory. Even if it fails, the Iraqi people are choosing for themselves how they want to live. That's what this fight is about because, in the end, our security depends upon the end of tyranny in the middle-east and the expansion of freedom. Their right to self-government and our fight for freedom are tied together.

Chester is live-blogging the election. He points to Tony Blair's speech to Congress from July of 2003 as particularly appropriate for this moment:

"We are fighting for the inalienable right of humankind--black or white, Christian or not, left, right or a million different--to be free, free to raise a family in love and hope, free to earn a living and be rewarded by your efforts, free not to bend your knee to any man in fear, free to be you so long as being you does not impair the freedom of others.

That's what we're fighting for. And it's a battle worth fighting.

And I know it's hard on America, and in some small corner of this vast country, out in Nevada or Idaho or these places I've never been to, but always wanted to go...

I know out there there's a guy getting on with his life, perfectly happily, minding his own business, saying to you, the political leaders of this country, "Why me? And why us? And why America?"

And the only answer is, "Because destiny put you in this place in history, in this moment in time, and the task is yours to do."

And our job, my nation that watched you grow, that you fought alongside and now fights alongside you, that takes enormous pride in our alliance and great affection in our common bond, our job is to be there with you.

You are not going to be alone. We will be with you in this fight for liberty.

We will be with you in this fight for liberty. And if our spirit is right and our courage firm, the world will be with us.

NOTE: I fixed an error noted by MMark. The speech was from 2003, not 1993. Thanks, Mark.

What were we fighting for in 1993? It all seems to blend together.
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