It sure looks like they figured out that Democracy stuff pretty good.
Iraqis flock to polling stations in test of fledgling democracy
“Tank you Gooj Boosh”
Police, firemen and prisoners are among hundreds of thousands of Iraqis casting an early vote today ahead of provincial elections at the weekend that will mark the first test of Iraq’s fledgling democracy since 2005.
The polls, in 14 of the country’s 18 provinces, pit the Dawa Party of Nouri al-Maliki, the Prime Minister, against rival Shia, Sunni, Kurdish and secular parties, giving an idea of the strongest powers ahead of a general election in December.
The main vote on Saturday will also sample the capability of the Iraqi police and army, with US troops taking a backseat role. The Iraqi security forces are voting today to enable them to concentrate on their job on Election Day.
That is absolutely extraordinary considering that just two short years ago Democrats and our new President were ready to leave those people for dead.
How do the Iraqis feel about their new found freedom you may ask….?
Exiting a polling station, policeman Mohaned Mohamed dried his index finger with a tissue after dipping it in a pot of indelible ink. Each person must put purple ink on one finger after voting to prevent anyone from voting multiple times.
“It was a wonderful experience, the end of dictatorship,” said Mr Mohamed, 31. He, like many people, was unable to go to the ballot box in general elections three years ago or to the last provincial polls in January 2005 because of the sectarian violence that engulfed Iraq.
“I came today to elect the right people to serve out country,” the policeman said with a smile, noting that he had voted for a list backed by the Sadr Office, the political wing behind Moqtada al-Sadr, the anti-American Shia cleric.
Oops…that’s ok.At least he is voting.
Can he thank any of the current U.S. leadership in the majority for his liberation and his ability to participate in his new government….?
The answer is a big fat NO!
George Bush pulled that off and not one single Democrat of note stuck with him when the going got tough.We’ll see who makes it into the history books and who will not.