"Take My Eyes & Look Through Them My Friends."
Today is election day in Iraq. I am reminded of the wonderful feeling back in January watching video of men dancing, and Iraqis walking for miles to go vote, of brave Iraqis standing in line to vote, of Geraldo holding back tears! One of the most memorable parts of that day was reading Mohammed and Omar‘s words of great joy at Iraq the Model:
…We woke up this morning one hour before the alarm clock was supposed to ring. As a matter of fact, we barely slept at all last night out of excitement and anxiety…
…We had all kinds of feelings in our minds while we were on our way to the ballot box except one feeling that never came to us, that was fear.
We could smell pride in the atmosphere this morning; everyone we saw was holding up his blue tipped finger with broad smiles on the faces while walking out of the center…
…The sounds of explosions and gunfire were clearly heard, some were far away but some were close enough to make the windows of the center shake but no one seemed to care about them as if the people weren’t hearing these sounds at all. I saw an old woman that I thought would get startled by the loud sound of a close explosion but she didn’t seem to care…
Could any bravery match the Iraqis’!?
Let the remaining tyrants of the world learn the lesson from this day.
…The media is reporting only explosions and suicide attacks that killed and injured many Iraqis s far but this hasn’t stopped the Iraqis from marching towards their voting stations with more determination…
…How can I describe it!? Take my eyes and look through them my friends, you have supported the day of Iraq’s freedom and today, Iraqis have proven that they’re not going to disappoint their country or their friends…
It is really amazing how things have changed in Iraq; three years ago Saddam “won” 100% of the votes in a pathetic referendum that he designed in order to give legitimacy to his reign while yesterday even security detainees were allowed to express their opinion on the constitution through voting and the government and parliament are almost begging the 15 million plus voters to say ‘yes’!
And although many signs indicate that the document is on its way to be ratified, no one can say it is until the people decide which checkbox to tic tomorrow.
Some people would say “Is that all you won, after more than two years of war and violence? That’s only one basic right” well, that is the point; we’ve secured one key right that can help us secure the rest.
Approving this draft is not the end goal, it’s a step among others in this process of evolution in Iraq and it’s going to be the gate to more steps until we reach the day when we have a constitution that satisfies and serves the greatest majority of the people.
And today our thoughts will be with you again, my friend!
I also dug this up from January that was very moving:
We will build a statue.