Iraqi voted today. God bles every one of them as they take their first bold steps toward freedom and liberty. You can get a first-hand look at what it was like to be an Iraqi today by reading Mohammed and Omar.
I walked forward to my station, cast my vote and then headed to the box, where I wanted to stand as long as I could, then I moved to mark my finger with ink, I dipped it deep as if I was poking the eyes of all the world’s tyrants.
I put the paper in the box and with it, there were tears that I couldn’t hold; I was trembling with joy and I felt like I wanted to hug the box but the supervisor smiled at me and said “brother, would you please move ahead, the people are waiting for their turn”.
Yes brothers, proceed and fill the box!
These are stories that will be written on the brightest pages of history.
Check out Roger L. Simon’s roundup for some links to the happy and the not very happy.
Or you can read Ali’s Election Day account. Here’s his voting experience.
I entered the school and the supervisors showed me the way to were I should vote. They and the ING guys were so polite and gentle. I cast my vote and got out, not in a rush at all. This is my Eid and I felt like a king walking in his own kingdom. I saw the same look of confidence and satisfaction in the eyes of all people I met. As I left one of the gurads said to me as he handed me back my cellular phone,”God bless you and your beloved ones. We don’t know how to thank you. Please excuse any inconvinience on our part. We wish we didn’t have to search you or limit your freedom. You are heroes” I was struck with surprise and felt ashamed. This man was risking his life all these hours in what has become the utmost target for all terrorists in Iraq and yet he’s apologizing and calling us heroes. I thanked him back and told him that he and his comrads are the true heroes and that we can never be grateful enough for their services.
I watched the election coverage on several networks off an on all day today. I admit that I got choked up seeing Iraqis dancing in the streets, waving their ink-stained fingers in the air. This is a day that every single one of us should remember – a day of victory over one of the most terrible dicatators ever to walk the earth and a victory over a building cynicism that suffered a crushing defeat here in America today.
Did I say cynicism?
You know, I really wish Iraq were having an honest, safe, real election. But that isn’t happening, and that’s a shame. Even if you were and are opposed to this war, as I am, you would wish the Bush people would do things right just for the simple reason that it would help our standing in the world. But they can’ even do that.
Yeah, it’s a real shame the Iraqis can’t have an “honest, safe, and real election”. It’s more a shame that some can’t put aside their hatred for our President long enough to rejoice in what sure as hell looks like an honest and real election to those who participated in it. But I suppose those folks aren’t sophisticated enough to recognize a “real” election when they vote in one – at least that’s what Soros’ paid slavering bloghound seems to think.
But I’m not going to leave you on a down note. Not on a day like today. Here’s one more account of the election, and a pretty good response to the jaded and willfully ignorant like Willis.
Even now, I have no idea who is going to win, but it really isn’t important. It is enough for me to know that our new government won’t be the result of a sham election, that it will be the will of the people. We will not know who won for a few days, maybe weeks, but this is just a minor headache, and should not be taken by anyone to attack the election or it’s validity. We don’t have the machinery or technology available in the United States or other countries where you can find the result of elections overnight. We will one day though, and today is the first step on that path.
Good on you, guys. We in America – at least most of us – couldn’t be happier for you in your day of triumph.
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