Sunday, January 30, 2005

Gloating aside

Okay, with great effort I wrest myself away from dancing on the graves of the doom-sayers, because it's worth rising above for just long enough to note the voters of Iraq:

* Threatened with "a blood bath" from the insurgents, they came to vote in the millions
"I am not afraid," said Samir Khalil Ibrahim. "This is like a festival for all Iraqis."

* Instead of keeping a low profile, some wore their festival clothes. They danced. /They shared chocolates. They celebrated.
"This is a wedding for all Iraqis. I congratulate all Iraqis on their newfound freedom and democracy," said Jaida Hamza, dressed in a black Islamic veil that also hid her face.

* Told that anyone with the dyed finger that marked a voter would be shot, they waved them around proudly.
Samir Hassan, 32, who lost his leg in a car bomb blast in October, was determined to vote. "I would have crawled here if I had to. I don't want terrorists to kill other Iraqis like they tried to kill me. Today I am voting for peace," he said, leaning on his metal crutches, determination in his reddened eyes.
We've underestimated them. The left has for sure, but I think the right has as well. (And I did too.)

Baghdad's mayor was overcome with emotion by the turnout of voters at City Hall, where he said thousands were celebrating.

"I cannot describe what I am seeing. It is incredible. This is a vote for the future, for the children, for the rule of law, for humanity, for love," Alaa al-Tamimi told Reuters.


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January 30, 2005 at 8:48 PM  
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Not at all. It's rarity that makes something a gem ;-)

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January 31, 2005 at 2:33 PM  
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E Rica:
Definitely! Was it Feb. 28th? We'll go ahead and book our flights. Looking forward to it.

January 31, 2005 at 2:56 PM  
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Actually it's Saturday February 26th from 9am - 4pm. I'm so excited that you're coming!

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