Another Historic Day in Iraq

It was quite fabulous, listening to the BBC world service’s coverage of the latest Iraqi poll overnight. Upbeat and relatively bomb free, the whole thing appears to have gone off without a hitch. And the Iraqis I heard being interviewed were every bit as excited about it. ‘A historic moment,’ one said. ‘Something we could never do under Saddam,’ said another. Another made this wonderful statement: ‘Who does this al-Zarqawi think he is, to think that he can crush the will of the Iraqi people. . .’

Bye bye, Abu, bye bye. . .

Iraqis vote on constitution

IRAQIS flowed to the polls in an historic referendum today, with up to 15 million voters set to decide on a controversial new post-Saddam Hussein constitution backers hope will unite the country.

Amid intense security, including a ban on all traffic, and despite a handful of small-arms and mortar attacks, voters headed on foot to polling stations across Baghdad as they opened at 7am (2pm AEST).
What was even more amazing was listening to the BBC reporter. So infectious was the general mood of the people he spoke to, even he couldn’t help being upbeat. Match that with the bravery and stoicism of his interviewees, who likened the current terror toll to a Western country's road toll, and all generally asserting that they were no worse off than when under Saddam, and for freedom, this was a price well worth paying. . .

We’re doing a good thing here; it’s rather made my day.

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