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Iraqi elections,
by Jake George   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Monday, January 31, 2005
Posted: Monday, January 31, 2005

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A piece I submitted for my guest column in Florida Today news paper

The Iraqi elections were a sight to behold. A nation of people who lived under oppression for over fifty years risking life and home for the chance to stand in line for hours to vote. Knowing that at any moment a terrorist bomber or sniper could end their life but yet they stayed. How would we fare if we had to vote under those circumstances? Poorly I am afraid. We had less then fifty percent turn out at the last election. We had the comfort to go to a polling place in peace, to vote for the person of our choice. No one looking over our shoulder, plotting to kill us for doing so, no one hurtling grenades at us to make us run away. We did not even go out to vote in the numbers the Iraqi people did. God bless them I say. I think we democratic societies can learn a lesson from this. We complain about our government, taxes, cost of living, but we live in peace. They have lived in terror for fifty years. They had the moral fortitude to stand in line knowing it could cost them their lives. I expect it even surprised the Iraqi people. They stood up in the face of terrorists to vote for freedom and a unified Iraqi. They stood up as a people to look at the greater good then what was good just for them selves. They told the terrorists in no uncertain terms, you may kill me, but another will fill my shoes. Democracy will prevail in Iraqi. A terrible blow was done to the terrorists. Not a fatal one but one that bloodied their noses and it will make them think. One the people no longer fear them their power over people drops tenfold. Hurray and a well done to the Iraqi people I wish you peace.

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/7/2005
well said
Reviewed by Elaine Carey 2/1/2005
Well spoken!
Reviewed by S. Beres 2/1/2005
This is what was supposed to happen in Vietnam (Economic Self-determinism). George, the younger, got it right, but you'll never see this in the news.

Thank you for putting it out here for all to see.
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/31/2005
Yes they did stand far taller than what the terrorists thought that they would and you know they looked just like we did hundreds of years ago. This was not a victory for us it was their victory. I salute them.
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