It's About Freedom!
This time however I am bursting with excitement, pride and hope for the Iraqi people. For two years now I have been reading the Iraqi blogs, first only one then for a long time only about five or six.
Then more and more Iraqis discovered the internet and now there are maybe 20 or 30 Iraqi blogs. It is getting difficult to keep up with all of them (what a wonderful dilemma)!
Today I just want to post some excerpts from some of those blogs on their impressions of their historical election on Sunday January 30th, 2005.
An appropriate sentiment:
"The worth of a state, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals
composing it." --John Stuart Mill
I have believed this from the start. The lame stream media has diffinently discourged this very sucessfully for those who believe they can rely on the MSM for unbaised truth, I think the average Joe and Jane is smarter than they give us credit for however, because the MSM is now ranked in trustworthiness somewhere in between used car salesmen and lawyers.
But this is about the heroic Iraqis and their courage in the face of the worst scum on earth and all that they could throw at them. They turned out in droves and thumbed their collective noses at the saddamists, ba'athist and terrorists.
Sam at Hammorabi says
"Thanks to all our friends in the USA and on the top of them is George W Bush and we hope they continue to help us to rebuild our country and the structure of our democracy which passed its first step and more yet to come."
href="http://messopotamian.blogspot.com">Alaa The Mesopotamian
to me a poet titles this post:
"SUICIDE BOMBERS V. SUICIDE VOTERS"
Omar and Mohammed at Iraq The Model relay a scene on the way to the pole:
"The first thing we saw this morning on our way to the voting center was a convoy of the Iraqi army vehicles patrolling the street, the soldiers were cheering the people marching towards their voting centers then one of the soldiers chanted "vote for Allawi" less than a hundred meters, the convoy stopped and the captain in charge yelled at the soldier who did that and said:
"You're a member of the military institution and you have absolutely no right to support any political entity or interfere with the people's choice. This is Iraq's army, not Allawi's."'
Alaa The Mesopotamian adds this impression:
"There were acts of heroism. Abdul Amir Kadhim, saw a man whom he suspected to be a suicide bomber, he threw himself on the man before he could get to the waiting line of people; and sure there was an explosion and this young man gave his life to save the others. Prime Minister Allawi paid tribute to this heroism. At one station there was a suicide attack and several people fell; when people of the neighborhood heard of this, the waiting line suddenly swelled to three times in size; people rushed out of their homes and came running to wait in line; it was their way to express their defiance and anger at this crime. The examples of bravery and courage are too numerous to recount. People took courage from each other, as people came out others watched and did not want to be left out. It was something incredible to watch. Yes this was a historic day, a day to remember until our dying day. With one stroke, in a single day, the silent majority spoke and answered all the pundits and doubters, and those who spoke on their behalf. Yet we have been telling you this all along; we have been telling you ever since this blogging movement started. Do you now see that we were not representing minority views, that we were not some CIA agents trying to make propaganda?"
And more from Alaa: (Yes he is one of my very favorites - such a way with words, has stolen my heart).
"Finally, we heard the speech of President Bush Loud and clear. He, and the American people and their British and other valiant allies have much to do with this event. All I can say is that this man has all the essential traits of character that distinguishes the great men of history; the insistence and utter conviction and the perseverance and steadfastness in the face of all doubters and detractors. This was no ordinary election, and it was not simply to elect a constituent assembly. It was the answer of the people, what they really thought about the liberation, what they really thought of the ideas preached by the president. This was a message by the Iraqi people to the American people and their great president. It was the heart of Iraq answering the heart of America that voted to give the President the mandate to finish the task; it was the answer that the common people of Iraq gave by braving danger and exposing their life and that of their children and families to death, this was their way to make their voice heard.
Well, thank you Mr. President, we heard you; and I am sure you also heard us."
Firas Georges at Iraq & Iraqi's says this:
"On one time in Baghdad today terrorists used a Mongoloid boy (a boy with a mental illness) to trap him and send him to a voting center and it worked he died and killed few people, which confirms one thing, that we have a terrorist gang no more in Baghdad must be caught and punished. Things went alright in many parts and people went to vote in huge numbers even in Falluja. No body expected that number of voters, I felt afraid in the morning when I went to vote, now things are changed and I feel strong and ready to fight terrorists because I know for sure that the number of Iraqis who will stand behind me will terrify the terrorists and lead this country to prosperity."
Alaasmary at Sun of Iraq
Gives his opinion and posts some pictures.
"A suicide explosion in Al-Mansor city, Al-Sader city and in New Baghdad city near election center , but the Iraqis still insistent to vote.
We will crush the terrorists.
The democracy will win."
Kurdo at Kurdo's World posts some great pictures and says:
"Historic Day For Democracy"
"All these fingers are up for you terrorist, anti-democracy, pro-beheading, suicide-bombers, Baathiest, Saddamist and anti-peace people."
"In Kurdistan and Iraq now, people check each others index finger, "Oh you have a normal finger ?!! How come it is not blue ?! You are NOT democratic at all"
Omar and Mohammed at Iraq The Model on the day after:
"There were so many misconceptions about Iraq and these were the reasons why viewers from outside as well as many Iraqis were surprised. In the past few months, the media have played a big role in reflecting a blurred image about the will and preparations of Iraqis to hold the elections, not to mention exaggerating the size of the "militant groups" and their capabilities."
Saleem at free iraq says:
"I wish you were here in Iraq in the election day to see the future of Iraq hold by the courageous of those people and I was sure that the good days are very near and the Iraqi people decide their futre and defeat all the evil power that are work to stop the heifer of progress in Iraq but they were in fault because they choose the wrong country and wrong people ,I'm very glad because I was having the chance to participate in these elections and vote to build a new Iraq and amke a new future for this country that have witness many troubles since hundreds of years ."
Dr. Saif at Iraqi Humanity says:
"The Happiest Day of My Life is 30th of January"
"Today Iraqis did a very nice job & proved that whatever happens, they will stay standing against the evil force."
Bilind and Hamza at Salam reports on some Kurdish reactions:
"Hosniya Jabbar, an 83-year-old woman, also made the effort to reach the polling station. "My husband is dead and my children live abroad but I am voting for the children of Kurdistan, to give them a better future," she said. Kamiran Ahmed, 19, was equally enthusiastic. "Democracy is great. We have deprived of it for so long and now we can finally choose the people who represent us," he said. "I hope that that our lives will be changed that those who made our parents suffer will never come back to power."
Ali at Free Iraqi
bears his heart (and what a heart!) before going to vote.
"I hope I'll be able to post after voting and I'll keep you updated. Thanks again for your care and may God bless you all and give you a hundred times what you have gave Iraq. I know it seems impossible when it comes to those who lost their beloved ones but I hope they know that their sacrifices were not in vain and that they gave humanity the most precious thing a man has, his life."
More from Ali
" "The best Eid I ever had."
"Last night I couldn't sleep well. I was so excited and I wanted to be at the voting center before it even opens its door. I was afraid that I was going to be among a minority who are going to vote, but I was still very happy for rather a different reason. It's that just as I care about the outcome of this election and that democracy would work in Iraq, I cared no less about voting on a personal level. This was my way to stand against those who humiliated me, my family and my friends. It was my way of saying," You're history and you don't scare me anymore". It was my way to scream in the face of all tyrants, not just Saddam and his Ba'athists and tell them, "I don't want to be your, or anyone's slave. You have kept me in your jail all my life but you never owned my soul". It was my way of finally facing my fears and finding my courage and my humanity again."
More snips from Ali:
"The voting center that was chosen in our district is a high school in the middle of the Neighborhood . This was the same place I went in 1996 to cast my vote in a poll asking if we wanted to have Saddam as a president for life or not. I had to go at that time. The threats for anyone who refused to take that poll were no less than the death penalty. Still our district was one of the places were one could vote secretly, occasionally though. They trusted our neighborhood because it's mainly Sunni military officers who live here with their families. I and some of my friends chose "NO" but we were scared to death as we marked the paper and remained so for days.
This time we went by choice and the threat was exactly the opposite. As I was walking with many people towards the center explosion hit and gun fire were heard but most were not that close. People didn't seem to pay attention to that. Some of them even brought their little kids with them! It's like the Eid but only a thousand times better.
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."
Zeyad at Healing Iraq went with his family to Jordan to vote had these impressions:
"The turnout in Iraq was really like nothing that I had expected. I was glued in front of tv for most of the day. My mother was in tears watching the scenes from all over the country. Iraqis had voted for peace and for a better future, despite the surrounding madness. I sincerely hope this small step would be the start of much bolder ones, and that the minority which insists on enslaving the majority of Iraqis would soon realise that all that they have accomplished till now is in vain.
Another surprise was to see some Iraqis who had fled the country in fear of reprisals, such as the families of ex-regime figures and ex-Ba'athists, actually voting and encouraging others to vote! I know some of those from school and college and I imagined they would be bitter about the whole process, but many were not."
A young woman who calls herselve Rose on her blog "Diary from Baghdad" can be just as pround as she sounds to declare:"I did it, I voted
YES,YES, I did it. I have the courage to do it."
Here Husayn at "Democracy in Iraq" a fairly new blogger (to me anyway) leaves one of my favorite posts:"Dear Al-Qaeda"
"Go to hell you pathetic bastards."
After being unable to stop our elections, the cavemen are now whining and screaming, and telling us they are going to pursue a holy war against us! The election was not only a triumph for our freedom, for our rebirth, but it was a nail in the coffin of Al-Qaeda. They had tried hard to stop us, to scare us, and to convince non-Iraqis that the election would be a failure...but we proved them wrong.
People voted, it is seen across the world as a sucess, and Al-Qaeda was unable to damage the election. Now, like an irritated baby, it is going in the media and screaming that it is going to get us now. The failure of Al-Qaeda to do anything to the elections has turned more Iraqis against them, the few who sympathized with the terrorists are now disheartened at the failure of their pathetic allies.
I hope that the world takes note of the impact of our elections on the future of Al-Qaeda. By encouraging democracy in other countries, terrorism will be slowly extinguished. The next target should be Saudi Arabia, our neighbor that is badly in need of reforms and a breeding ground for all these terrorists who cause trouble in not only Iraq, but across the world, and who were responsible for 9/11.
It is simple in my mind, terrorism is the result of autocracy. If you confine people, they find strange outlets, and lash out against others. If you give them freedom, then they are content, and abandon terrorism. I promise you that this will be the result of our election, and if this model is implimented in other nations it will shrink.
Let us not forget Afghanistan, which had its own election months ago, and has become much more stable then it ever was before.
Let me also take this time out to condem non-Iraqis who continue to deny what has happened in Iraq. I have read all over the internet comments by idiots who insist that the elections were false, that Iraqis are opressed, and that the future is Civil War.
YOU KNOW NOTHING
You are not here, you are not living as we are, you do not get an accurate picture. The election was a resounding success, Iraqis are hungry for freedom, and we are building the future together. All this gloomy talk is nothing more than lies and evil vitriol by people who want to see our nation in trouble, and wish to deny us freedom and liberty.
Shame on you people. If you do not know what is happening in Iraq, then do not open your mouth, it will only make you look dumber than you already do when Iraq is a strong, democratic and free country.
I also want to say to my fellow Iraqis that we have made great progress in the last few months, but let us not be content. There is a lot still to be done, we have just began on the path, but we have shown that we have the resolve to finish the job. Let us continue working towards a unified Iraq, let us put the past behind us, and look to the bright future, one that will only be forged if we all combine our strengths!"
For the most complete roundup of good news from Iraq. This is part 20 of good news reports from Irag, it is a long read but worth every minute. Arthur Chrenkoff is your man. Thank you for all the hard work Arthur.