| There’s something inherently good about this Associated Press filler. I can’t help recalling a scene from the original “Dirty Dozen” film (1967) starring Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, and a host other known actors.|
The plot of that film involved the recruitment of condemned US soldiers during WWII to go on a hairy mission to assassinate Nazi high command figures at one of their R&R retreats. Initially, no one was really interested in trading one hopeless life for another. However, eventually, the evolving leaders of the band of misfits started to believe in the mission. That rubbed off on the other members. Lee Marvin, the grizzled Major who initiated the recruitment, could only present the opportunity. It wasn’t until influential prisoners grasped the necessity that the mission became a reality.
Lee Marvin (The US Coalition) recruits some prisoners (Countries on the eve of liberation) who assist in the recruitment of other more skeptical prisoners (Countries merely considering the option of liberation) in an effort to build the “Dirty Dozen” (and ongoing effort to promote and secure Democracy throughout the world).”
Charles Bronson (Karzai) just encouraged Jim Brown, Clint Walker, and Trini Lopez (Iraq) to sign on for the mission this January 30th. Coming from someone who shares their position, his endorsement carried more weight and credibility. His enthusiasm for the mission is contagious.
Over simplified? Sure. Poor analogy? Maybe. Pandering to my personal favor of the movie and the current events of 2005? Hell yes.
Afghan President Urges Iraqis to Vote
By Associated Press
January 24, 2005, 12:25 PM EST
KABUL, Afghanistan -- President Hamid Karzai urged Iraqis on Monday to follow the example of Afghans and turn out for this weekend's landmark elections despite the threats of violence, saying their votes would help their country toward prosperity.
The U.S.-backed Afghan leader won Afghanistan's first-ever direct vote for president Oct. 9, almost three years after American forces ousted the Taliban for harboring Osama bin Laden. Remnants of the hardline militia failed to deliver on threats of major violence during the polls.
"The Iraqi people must not fear terrorists. Instead, they should make their elections a success with bravery and courage ... they must endeavor to ensure the rule of democracy and the right to elect their leader," Karzai said in a statement.