Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Iraqi Bloggers Get Serious About Democracy................

........I have occasionally been quoting from the Iraqi blog listed on the sidebar known as Iraq the Model. Two brothers, Ali and Mohammed Fadhil are the authors of the blog, and they have done an incredible job of showing what life is like on the ground in Iraq.

Now they are getting serious about the opportunities available in Iraq, and today announced their candidacies for the Iraqi National Assembly.

Here are there statements:

We believe that we represent an important segment of the Iraqi people that was never organized before under any category as a result of the oppression of the past regime. Now this segment has come to see the necessity to contribute to the building of a new Iraq in a way that is entirely different from the old ways that are still dominant in the Middle East and that are governed by religious fanaticism and pan-Arab nationalism.

We see that remaining silent is not an option in our battle towards democracy and freedom and that everyone who seeks a better future should take part in this battle.

علي فاضل (Ali Fadhil)

Through our writings in our weblog and communication with different opinions and view points we find ourselves committed to reconsider the way in which we can serve our nation.

We also saw that our somewhat daring opinions were accepted by many people whether westerners or Iraqis and we see that we have the capability to clarify our vision about Iraq's future through talking to Iraqis directly.

Our work on the weblog opened our minds more, made us bolder and encouraged us to communicate with our fellow citizens as they're the ones who can make the change and they're the ones we started to write for their sake.

محمد فاضل (Mohammed Fadhil)

To see more about the Iraqi Democratic Party, and pictures of the borthers, please visit the site- Iraqi Democratic Party.

Good luck to you both, and as we like to say here in the states- all you democrats in Iraq- vote early and often...

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