Election in Iraq

I’m watching live Iraqi coverage via C-SPAN’s live video stream. They seem to have an excellent amount of coverage. The host is an Iraqi American (his dad fled Iraq to America) and can help translate some of the calls they get from Iraq. They also have a blogger covering America media on the internet, and an Arabic speaker who is reading off of sites like BBC and Al-Jazeera. Christopher Hitchens is also a guest along with a couple other Iraqis. Sometimes they also have man-on-the-street interviews of Iraqis. Nearly everybody is optimistic, and it seems that the election has been successful.

Fox News is reporting that there was a turn out of up to 72% (a lower estimate is 60%) even while the terrorists were able to slaughter another 44 people. Nevertheless, the CSPAN show has had several callers who report the security situation was very good.

This is history in the making.

Here is a moving post by Hammorabi:

Our voting is:
No to the terrorists!
No to the dictatorships!
No to hate and racism!
No to the fascists!
No to the Nazis!
No to the mentally retarded tyrants!
No to the ossified, narrow-minded and intolerants!

The Iraqis are voting in few hours time for the new Iraq.

We are going to create our future by ourselves not by dictators.

We are going to say:
Yes for the freedom and democracy!
Yes for the civilized Iraq!
Yes for peace and prosperity!
Yes for coexistence!
Yes for the New Iraq!

Let them bomb and kill us. It will not deter us!
Let them send their dogs to suck our bones. We care not!
Let them bark. It will not frighten us.
Let them see how civilised to be free and democratic!
Let them die by our vote tomorrow! It is the magic bullet which will kill them!

Welcome New Iraq.
Welcome freedom and democracy.
Welcome peace and prosperity for all nations with out exception but terrorists!

People posting at Democratic Underground are going nuts.

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