Saturday, January 29, 2005

Freedom on the march

Radioblogger has a great post with several photos from the polling place in El Toro, California where Iraqis began voting yesterday. Here's a bit of what he has to say:

The Iraqi polls opened for the first time ever in a meaningful way. No one's hands were chopped off if they voted the wrong way. No one voted at gunpoint. Thanks to a determined foreign policy by a determined president, and carried out by a determined military of the finest men and women this country has to offer, Iraqis voted. There was a large rush at the beginning of the day, the first of three days of voting. Iraqi nationals from all over the West Coast came. Even through a driving rainstorm, making for a very atypical raw Southern California day, they came, they voted, and they smiled.

The photos are the best part - the enthusiasm on the faces of the voters is encouraging. If expatriates are that eager to vote, my money is on a huge turnout tomorrow.

Also, check out Friends of Democracy for election news.

Update: More on the election from Arab News. The best quotation from the article:

“Yes, we did it!” shouted Ali Al-Kabeer, clapping his hands after casting his ballot, breaking into tears as he hugged his wife. Kabeer said he had “been waiting for this moment for 54 years.”

“I’m doing this for my children ... it’s the first step in a thousand-mile journey.”