A great flash video of election day in Iraq.............
Didn't you have any videos of Iranian students fighting the Arabic Mullahs???
That is Iraq, this is Iran!
We are different!
That election day video is beyond great. Fantastic, astounding, words can hardly describe the images. Wow! Consider - free and fair elections in the heart of the Arab world. The first democracy in the Arab world. Somehow I don't think it'll be the last.
Many compared January 30, 2005 to the date the Berlin Wall came down. I think today will become one of the days that we will look back on, a day which changed world history. Many have remarked that the elections are playing on Arab media. The common Arab people will see this. A lot of them, I'm sure, will think and wonder, and perhaps even say out loud - Why can't we vote like that? If the Iraqis can do it, then why can't we? Many speak of the domino effect. I certainly hope it happens. It won't happen immediately. Democracy is a process.
Also consider that another vote will be taking place in August, and then another one in December. Could democracy catch on in the Middle East? Could there be a wave of popular support?
This is really totally amazing. I slept maybe four hours last night, instead of the normal 7 or 8. It was worth it! Watching the people vote, and extremely pleased with the relative lack of violence. It was so very captivating, I couldn't tear myself away until nearly 3 a.m. The emotional impact didn't really hit me until just now, watching that incredible video. It looks like scenes from a movie. I can hardly believe it has happened. Yeah, for many months I knew the elections were coming. But it wasn't until today that I truly comprehended it. A country on the move from tyranny to democracy.
The prospects for freedom in Iran have never been better. To the people of Iraq, Iran, and all the oppressed people of the Middle East - I stand with you in solidarity. May you all enjoy the freedom that Americans take for granted each day.
Iraqis - a day of joy! And not just for Iraqis!
May God bless you all!