Thursday, February 24, 2005
An Email From Baghdad
This email was forwarded to me by a coworker and close friend of a U.S. soldier currently serving in Iraq. In his email he recounts his experience on January 30, the day of the Iraqi elections:
The Election was amazing. Truly one of the most uplifting things I have ever done. I was selected to escort, then monitor, over 200 Iraqi Nationals to a polling place in Baghdad. The men were a little apprehensive while enroute but very resolute in their determination to cast a ballot.A soldier recounting the uplifting events of Iraqi Election Day. A U.S. soldier telling of the bravery and courage of the Iraqi citizens. A U.S. soldier who says he loves Iraq.
Once at the Poll they were very solemn but joyful. Some Iraqi men & women even brought their children into the voting booths with them, dipping their tiny little fingers in the ink bottle along with their own. What courage that simple act took. Marking themselves, as well as their children, for all to see, including the insurgents that they had voted. Wow. The message was clear..."We want our Country back! No matter the cost".
The trip back to our compound was amazing. I turned the radio on the bus up full blast. We all sang or clapped and danced to the Iraqi music. The men laughed and showed their pride and lack of fear by holding up their ink stained finger and giving the thumbs up gesture to all we passed. Some even wept and sobbed openly, unashamed. On that day there were no Shi'a, no Sunni and no Kurds...only Iraqis. Unbelievable. I thank the good Lord everyday for allowing me to be a part, however small, of this wonderful event. Like I said, one of the most uplifting days of my life.
No matter what happens here, or if I live to be 150, I will never forget it. I love the people here, I love Iraq.
You won't see that on CBS.