Just a quick update with some words from a couple of Iraqi bloggers on how it felt to vote in the election on Sunday.
From Free Iraqi:
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.
From Iraq The Model:
I put the paper in the box and with it, there were tears that I couldn’t hold; I was trembling with joy and I felt like I wanted to hug the box but the supervisor smiled at me and said “brother, would you please move ahead, the people are waiting for their turn”.
Even if I don’t agree with the circumstances and events that got everything to this point, I can admit that I am inspired by the faith of the Iraqi people in what is to come. I know how proud I was when I voted for the first time, and I can only imagine what kind of emotions they are experiencing right now.