Something tells me it is going to be a very bloody weekend in Iraq. But I’m thinking that the elections will still go through despite the bombs and shootings that will occur, despite that some folks are boycotting it, and some will be too scared to go outside. Some old Iraqi guy said that he knows that the chances of his seeing freedom and democracy in Iraq in his lifetime were slim, but that it wasn’t about him, it was about his grandchildren. Wow.
I also read that something like 76% of eligible voters will vote. Nice, when the US had a record turnout at like 56% in November.
I don’t think this vote will make or break Iraq, it is just the very first, or second, very painful step into the free-er world. The other middle eastern peoples will be watching this and thinking…hmm, not so bad…maybe we SHOULD try changing things here as well, despite the costs.
I’m a democrat, with a small “d.” And I’m sure there will be a lot more small “d” democrats born this weekend.