Thursday, November 04, 2004

Salute to the US people

GWB is chosen for a second term as a president by the AMERICAN PEOPLE. As an Iraqi, I want to say thank you to (Al-Hurra) satellite TV. It covered the whole event and managed to show us, Iraqis and Arabs, a new horizon in life. Though occupation is something abhorrent, but there are some benefits. One of these is to be free in receiving a wide range of information. Showing the election to the Iraqis may have a positive effect on them. To learn from other people is a great experience. I think what we need here in Iraq, as people, is more than just watching and admiring what the others doing. We have to learn how to be interactive with other nations. I believe that we need an (educational rehabilitation) after what we had gone through for the past four decades.

Salute to the American people for adoring freedom and justice.


Blogger John A said...

One big thing to watch is that, while the votes were almost 50-50 there will be no organized riots and murders. Over ninety percent will accept this without more than a murmur and the 'losers' will hopefully try to understand their problem[s]. Indeed, the 'winners' will also try to correct theirs as well - without guns and bombs.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Americans understood we must finish what we started in Iraq for the sake of the future of Iraq and its people. Americans understand that freedom is the only answer to oppression and terrorism. Thanks for your blog and keep on writing.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm wondering why the Iraqis allowed Article 17 of your new constitution to forbid you from owning weapons except those licensed by law? Doesn't disarming the individuals in your country make it easier to slide back into tyranny?

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am an American who voted for George W. Bush. I want to tell you that this President has learned lessons from the mistakes of his father, the President who led the first international war against Saddam.

This younger Bush saw the disappointment and suffering of the Shi'ites and the Kurds after the first war ended and Saddam remained on his throne. This Bush has vowed to never let a thing like that happen again. This means our soldiers must be there for a short time to help your country eliminate other tyrants who would sit in Saddam's throne.

America is not interested in occupying your country. We are not like Russia back in the 1940's. We want to help you clean up the mess that Saddam made, then give the keys of your house back to you. We would like to be a friendly neighbor, not a landlord. This has always been the case throughout my nation's short history.

May both of our countries receive blessings because of our friendship, like good neighbors do.


7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for you kind words about our election! When President Bush asked Congress for additional funding to rebuild your country, he stated that he would veto the funding unless it was a grant. He considered it an investement and I supported that decision. Freedom is ALWAYS an investment and when I read your comments and others from Iraq, I realize that the "return" on our investment is far greater than I ever expected! Every time I read an Iraqi blog, I can't tell you how proud I am to have been a small part of the free future of your country! Please keep blogging! Those of us here in America appreciate your hard work to keep us informed on the progress of your country!


9:14 PM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

I try to browse your blog and IraqtheModel daily. As a supporter of Bush and democracy I am greatly encouraged by the words I have read. I can tell you that the average American only wishes the best for the Iraqi citizens. Even in our country it is not always easy to see the good we can accomplish in the world. Democracy and freedom are universal, though. These are not rights granted only to Americans and Europeans, so I hope you all become a beacon of liberty for others in the MidEast. Just know that America has faith in Iraq's ability to persevere in its quest for democracy. You will succeed.

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad you started writing again, or I never would have found your blog. This is a great way to be interactive with other nations. Good luck and take care. --Mary Katharine

1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time and effort to keep your blog open. I thank you also for your kind words regarding our election. I want you to know that the people who voted for Bush, and even those who didn't, care about the well being of your country and people. We merely disagree on the best way to accomplish the goal of a free and prosperous Arab world. Those who voted for Bush think direct action is the best answer and I agree. I hope that Iraq will soon be a peaceful and prosperous nation, one in which we can freely exchange our ideas and lessons learned.

I have great respect for your culture and history and hope to see the Arab world unshackled from the decades of tyranny that have stifled your growth. I hope the next four years can bring us ever closer to those goals.


1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Al-Hurra also broadcast the concession speech by Kerry and the victory speech by Bush the day after the voting. Both men genuinely complimented the other and they both emphasized that the election campaigns are behind us now. They both encouraged the American people to work together without hard feelings, focus on our common goals, and move the country forward.

Almost half the American people have to accept the defeat of their candidate, without getting a bad attitude. They can't dwell in the past. However, they can look at the past to learn from it and take those lessons forward to the next campaign. After the elections in Iraq, there are going to be some losers. I hope the Iraqi people understand that being a good loser is just as important, and therefore commendable, as being a winner. If Iraqis allow physical violence to become part of their politics, everyone loses.

1:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your blog. I will read it just as gladly when you don't agree with America as when you do. Your perspective is interesting and important for Americans to understand. Thank you!

3:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you. Very kind. I wish you the very best during these terribly difficult times for you and country.

I'm looking forward to the Iraqi elections in January. In my opinion, they're far more important than the elections in the US.

5:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comments on our elections....It is a national spectacle that teaches me something new every four years. I hope the lessons are useful to your people too as they undertake an adventure in freedom.


5:40 AM  
Blogger FIAR said...

I think it's great how large the voter turnout was. I was chomping at the bit to vote for Bush myself, but regardless of the winner, I was just stunned, going to the poll and finding the lines so long. I sincerely hope that the Iraqi people have as much, or even greater enthusiasm to vote when their elections come.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Saphris said...

Thank you very much for your kind words about America and our people. I am so sorry that you and your family have had to suffer in fear of American bombs and explosions, but when I read/hear about the torture and agony people endured under Saddam's regime, my eyes fill with angry tears. As you said occupation must be a problem, but the hope is that this is the means to an end of peace and independence for the Iraqi people. As Americans watch from afar we have seen the amazing perserverence of the Iraqis, who are constantly being smote by terrorists in certain regions, yet still line up to defend their country as members of the police and national guard. However, as encouraging as these dramatic defiances are, it must be terrifying not knowing if you will succeed, or what tomorrow will bring. Although we do not know the future, we in America stand behind you, and want you to succeed. But only you can guarantee that, as I'm sure you well know. I hope that Iraqis have learned valuable lessons from our (imperfect, although effective) electoral process as they have been able to watch it on television. I also hope that Iraqis can learn from other aspects of American values, such as the writings and wisdom of our founding fathers. At the same time I for one do not expect Iraqis to want to be exactly like Americans, but simply hope that they can be just as free. Please keep up the excellent work, and best of luck to you!

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel for you and your nieces. I hope you can find a place that is safe. I am from Texas and voted for W. As someone else said, we do not want to occupy your country, we want you to be our friend, ally, and be free of opression. Keep the faith.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Discovery said...

Keep blogging. I look forward and enjoy reading the Iraqi blogs, it is reassuring that the US is doing the right thing. Your blogs remind me of what we have taken for granted: freedom. I forwarded and posted something from another Iraqi blog that reinforced the joy of freedom. The gentlemen traveled out of Iraq for the first time in over 45 years. And he did it, not only of free will, but also to a convention for the betterment of his country.

In a few months, I will get to watch the Iraqi elections just as we watched the Afghan elections.

Keep blogging.

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The US citizenry is standing behind your quest for freedom. Long live GWB the Liberator. Keep Blogging

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello there - keep up the blogging! And spread the fact to your friends that the US does not want to occupy you guys forever, as other commenters have said already. We just want to help and push you in the right direction (democracy).

8:58 PM  
Blogger Little Mister Scotty said...

Ibn, thank you for the salute. I did not vote for Bush either time, but supported the invasion of your country. And although it's been impossible not to have some second thoughts I still hope that, eventually, peace and stability and freedom will come to Iraq.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog and other Iraqi blogs for several months. I appriciate your efforts and your courage. God bless and protect you.

Our country (the USA) spent several years leading up to "our revolution" very unhappy and abused by the English Government. We spent several years after that fighting them and then fighting with each other trying to establish and form our own government.

It was very hard and caused much grief and bloodshed but over the years we have established a country that we are all proud of and love. I know it will be the same for you and your people. I hope you will prosper and grow as we have (and still are) and that your new country will be a place where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will be guaranted to all.

Papa Ray
West Texas

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see your new blog, and I hope you will keep writing. We in America must hear from you Iraqis so we can get to know you and what you think about, and what you hope for your country.

Now that the election is over I am relieved that Bush is re-elected, because I know he will persevere until the job is done in Iraq, until your country is under the control of Iraqis and you have elected your government.

My very best wishes to you and all Iraqis.

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog, I've got it on my list now. I believe that the fire of freedom is about to create an earth-shaking explosion in the Middle East that will be even more breathtaking than the fall of communisum in the Soviet Union. The world will be filled with more free people than ever before in human history. Kepp it up, we love to hear your thoughts and ideas, even your complaints and rants! People like you give me great faith that we will succeed together. Your country needs leaders like you, and I'm sure you wouln't have it any other way! Best wishes to you and to your country.

11:27 AM  
Blogger bill78 said...

As a free American, it is good for me to read that you and many in Iraq desire FREEDOM. I am free because my father, grandfather, and great grandfather fought battles in the USA and around the world to protect my FREEDOM. I express my thanks by always voting at every election, supporting the candidate that expresses my closest views, and telling others. We do not to want to run any country other that our own, but we are willing to give help to any people that desire FREEDOM. I trust that deep down in your heart you realize and see the sacrifices of American blood that is given for your FREEDOM. WE LOVE YOU.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Ewin said...

I have given you a salute in return at my own blog, .

I am so happy to have found your blog.

2:27 AM  

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