either voted scared or were apathetic to Saddam’s fake election, into people who are driven to vote by a sense of ownership of their country.
Iraqis realize that their democracy is not the best, but they also know that practice makes perfect.
Since 2002 Iraqi elections have been evolving. While still not perfect, democracy is striking root.
Meanwhile, what Iraqis like me have learned is that transformation from autocracy to democracy would not have been possible without the 4,700 brave American and allied servicemen and women who lost their lives, and the many others who were wounded, for the sake of Iraq’s freedom.
Families of these heroes should know that many of us are grateful to their sons and daughters, and to the United States and its allies at large, even if they do not hear thank you often from Iraq or its leaders.
It is on days like Sunday that these sacrifices most strongly comes to Iraqi minds.
Submitted by H. Abdul-Hussain