Congratulations to the Iraqi People

With a 72% turn-out of eligible voters, the astonishing courage of the citizens voting Iraq’s first free election demonstrates once again that freedom is not just for the privileged, but a basic human right for everyone, and a much-desired right.

I celebrate with every Iraqi who walked to a voting booth and voted — who braved threatened violence from terrorists to take this first step toward self-determination.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.