I was watching channel 4's local news tonight and almost started crying as they interviewed exiled Iraqis voting in Chicago today. If you didn't know already, this is historic! As I type, the polls in Iraq have been open for 45 minutes (it's nearly 8 o'clock local time). When I talked to my dad today; his only comment was "Well, you know who's going to win..." Which isn't the point at all.
The Iraqi people have never had a say in how their country is run. Today, for the first time, they do. As much as this Administration has botched up post-war Iraq, our troops and the Iraqi people have stuck it out, and this is the first in what will (hopefully) be a series of payoffs for their strength and perseverance.
Sorry this is so rah-rah-rah, but I don't have the time to be subtle or ironic or anything else. I'm just ridiculously excited and incredibly anxious. I hope and pray to wake up to good news tomorrow. If you're a church-goer, and your pastor does not mention this tomorrow morning, find a new church. If you're in college, this should be the topic of every class Monday, even Intro to Probability and Statistics. If you're alive at all, even by the most narrow of margins, think about what is happening half-way across the globe and feel or do something about it.
Dancing would be appropriate. (But then again, when isn't it?) Blogging is nice. Playing a musical instrument (if you are able) would suffice. Shouting "hallelujah!" to every person you see would be superb. Games of hopscotch and/or marching are ideal.
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Posted by jonny at 10:43 PM