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Iraqis Watch U.S. Elections with Admiration

Middle Easterners are amazed by Americans' ability to vote for the "other."

by
Mohammed Fadhil

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November 11, 2008 - 12:00 am
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As an Iraqi I worry about the future of Iraq’s security and democracy. This simple fact has made me hope for an American leader who will perpetuate the strategy of supporting Iraq for the good of the two nations and for the world, in the war on terror.

In spite of my Republican leanings, I view the result of the presidential election as a victory for the values of the American nation.

I certainly have great trust in Republican leaders who liberated my people from tyranny. I trust the American nation as a whole even more. America has offered the world — through her pluralism and temporary divide — yet a new lesson in humanity.

From my perspective, the result of the election was not a defeat for America but a victory. Americans have demonstrated that country matters more than party.

Americans, especially those who are used to voting for Republicans, have demonstrated their patriotism and their adherence to what America stands for. People in the Middle East are amazed by the large number of white people and Republican voters who voted for the “other.” America — who is always accused of racism — has shown us that in fact our countries in the Middle East are where racism flourishes. We didn’t choose that, but it’s the rule of tyranny and repression that uses hatred and intolerance to further itself.

It is liberty and democracy that allowed America to become the great humane and mature nation that she is.

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