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Friday, December 16, 2005

Now this is what going to polls should look like.

Iraqi voters line up outside a polling site in Barwana, Iraq, on Dec. 15, 2005. Iraqi citizens are voting to elect Iraq's first free, permanent parliamentary government.
DoD photo by Sgt. James P. Aguilar, U.S. Marine Corps.

A little girl clutches an Iraqi flag as her parents vote in a polling booth at the Al-Kunaytarah School in Jurf as Sakhr District, Iraq, on Dec. 15, 2005. Iraqi citizens are voting to elect Iraq's first free, permanent parliamentary government.
DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Michael J O'Brien, U.S. Marine Corps.

I find both of these photos awesome in their own right. I love the little girl's shy smile, knowing that she will remember the young American Marine who took her photo for the rest of her life. And look at the lines of people waiting to go vote! Western democracies eat your heart out. I don't think we in America have seen such lines since early times in our history, and as far as Western Europe, when's the last time you have had such a robust turnout for an election?

That wonderful aroma in the wind that is blowing from the direction of Iraq is the sweet smell of a perfume called Democracy.

6 Comments:

At 11:32 AM , Blogger Alison said...

Fantastic - hope you dont mind i pinched one and linked back to you.

 
At 1:00 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Not at all, alison.

 
At 3:36 AM , Blogger Mike's America said...

I was looking for that photo with the long lines. Thanks...

Pretty amazing that all these folks WALKED to these polling stations. When we had lines of an hour wait in Ohio in black precincts in 2004 it was a near riot and of course proof of racism.

These Iraqis sure can teach us a few things about democracy. We take it for granted.

 
At 6:49 AM , Blogger MonicaR said...

Amen to that. Great pictures. The little girl is adorable. Reminds me of my youngest.

 
At 11:05 AM , Blogger Shooting Parrots said...

Seems we'll only value democracy when we've lost it.

 
At 4:38 PM , Blogger Fred said...

It makes all the neighbors very nervous over there to see how people can actually vote for their representatives. I hope it's just the start.

 

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