Iraqi Leader After Yesterday’s Election: “We are the Beginning of True Democracy in the Middle East”


Millions of voters braved the threat of bombs and bullets to participate in yesterday’s Parliamentary elections in Iraq. As usual, the terrorists tried to intimidate voters but again as usual, the sorry few cowards could not intimidate the courageous majority. What a triumph for democracy.

In the election’s aftermath, Mithal al-Alusi, an Iraqi Parliamentarian up for re-election, told a member of the Australian media he thanks former U.S. President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Here is what he said:

”Whoever would have imagined this day would ever come? I think you people in the West, who criticise those two great leaders, don’t understand that it is beginning to work. We are the beginning of true democracy in the Middle East and it is starting to spread and have an impact on the other countries.”

Last week I spoke with Mr. Alusi, whom I have interviewed many times through the years, and whose words and brave actions have blazed a trial towards a brighter future in Iraq. He is optimistic that the Iraqi Nation Party, his grassroots, secular party, which champions human rights, free press, and alliance with other democracies, will gain an additional seat in the Parliament in this election.

More to come.

This entry was written by and posted on March 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm and filed under Blog.