Sunday, October 16, 2005

Democracy and Freedom Win More Trust among Iraqis

Last January, many Sunni Iraqis boycotted the elections believing that either Iraq can not go on without their votes or that the whole process is a hoax. Nine months later, they are not hesitant for one second to be key partners to draw Iraq’s democratic future and political process.

Even though many Sunnis want to vote to turn down the constitution, this is another sign that the election process gained credibility and Sunnis and Shiites believe in casting their ballots. It is a very positive sign. If people start to have faith in their countries political processes, they will stop terrorism and families that send their children as suicide bombers to kill innocents.

Some argue whether this is democracy or not. Many claim it is an American intervention, occupation, interests….bla bla. The reality is that Iraqis are starting a political process of democracy and freedom with the help of the United States. They will be setting a model for democracy and liberty.

Iraq’s elections uncover to what extent Arab regimes and media are in support of the Iraqi democracy. The Egyptian newspapers’ headlines are highlighting US readiness to launch military operations in Syria. Another headline says, President Mubarak in Libya to discuss pressure on Syria. We are supposed to shed tears on the Syrian regime and how the “bad” US is trying to pressure Syria. There is no mention to the high turnout of the Iraqi referendum and the great political process that is evolving with the people writing their constitution. But of course these are minor details for authoritarian regimes. Another headline says Arab League chairman did not withdraw his decision to visit Baghdad, while the story says nothing about congratulating the Iraqis on their constitution. I am not so sure that the Iraqis want to receive such a despicable person who cannot realize that he has lost touch with reality long time ago. And that he is not speaking a language that would appeal to normal humans who care about their rights and freedom. His only role is to talk about the sovereignty of Iraq without referring to the death of 300,000 Iraqis during the era of Saddam or the mass graves that continue to be unearthed or glorifying their courage to defeat terrorists. He only wants to draw the image that the Iraqis are the followers of the US and that they are getting their punishment for this with all suicide bombers that he promises will not stop until the US is out. I am taking the opportunity to congratulate the Iraqi people on the referendum of the constitution. Even if the constitution did not pass, they will work more on it which is great. I am filled with hope because this gives me hope for a future in Middle East.

It is the will of Iraq and the Iraqis to go ahead and bury years of genocide and oppression under dictatorship, but it is also the help of the world and particularly the US. Without the US protection to democracy and freedom in Iraq, the oppressive dictator regimes in the Middle East would have been capable of blowing up the Iraqi dream, hence blowing our dream for democracy in the Middle East. Thanks to the Iraqi people, thank you for your courage and taking the lead and thanks to the US sacrifice. Photo by AFP


At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well spoken.

Sky Dog

At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good article girl

At 3:06 PM, Blogger DagneyT said...

As I like to point out in my blog, Iraq & Afghanistan are the seeds of democracy the coalition has planted in the Middle East. May it continue to germinate and spread to the defeat of the Islamofascists!

At 3:43 PM, Blogger Pat in NC said...

Found your blog via DagneyT. I will be back.

At 8:45 AM, Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Nice read. Thank you for that. Nice to see that half of us Americans are not the only ones in the world who can recognize that news outlets often have biases and push their agendas onto people.

At 3:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...

May the people of Egypt and all oppressed peoples soon enjoy the freedom that is rightfully theirs.

LOVE that international counter!

At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for writing your honest thoughts of support for the Iraqi's and their new life. As an American, I know we're helping to do the right thing, and would like to see your articles widely published in our anti-Bush left wing media.
It is a shame some media doesn't see what you do; this is an historic chance for change in Iraq and the entire Middle East.
Keep up your spirits; the winds of freedom are blowing in your land and throughout the Middle East. President Bush will be honored in history for helping bring to the brave Iraqi's the freedom they so rightly deserve. I couldn't help but think of the all oppressed people in the Middle East and what they were thinking on Constitution Day: they must dream of the same right to vote as well.
Let the winds of freedom blow hard but kindly through the Middle East, bringing the fresh air of democracy and peace to all.

At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an impressive blog. Well written and thoughtful. It's helpful for those of us outside the middle east to read the thoughts of people in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Iran etc. Keep up the good work!

At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many of us in the U.S. are full of hope for you and others in the Middle East. Keep your hopes alive, and we'll be right there with you!

At 12:53 AM, Blogger Freedom for Egyptians said...

Thank you guys for the support and all the nice words. It makes me so happy to know that there are some people in the world that support freedom for the Egyptian people and that they believe in freedom for all the peoples of the world.

There are some voices that promote the idea that the Middle East is not ready for democracy which makes me so frustrated but then I pick up myself quickly when I read your comments. Thank you

At 12:22 AM, Blogger blanco said...

keep it going, iraq! despite what you see and read in american media, most americans want iraq to have a free and open democratic society. congratulations on your first few steps toward that. here's to many more.

At 12:53 AM, Anonymous Christine said...

Those of us who applaud the great steps that are being taken in Iraq, have great hope that this is only the beginning. Freedom for all human beings should be a given. Governments that dictate, oppress, torture and murder are criminals. Criminals have no right to lead. I truly believe the steps that are being taken now should have started a long time ago. No matter, it has begun. I have hope that the changes that are necessary are as peaceful as possible.


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