As most of you know, yesterday the Iraqi citizens headed to the polls to elect their first permanent democratic government and the turn out was impressive. Over 70% of the eligible population turned out for this historic event to exercise their newfound rights. It wasnt really too surprising although a few things surprised me. You can read more here
. They say it will take upwards of two weeks to tally all the votes. The people of this nation were voting for their 275 member council and had thousands of people being represented to take a seat in this new found council. Once the new government is in place, the constitution which was voted on in October becomes ratified and the new government is off and running.
As some of you know, myself and Mr. Matt have started a question forum call Ask the Soldiers and we field questions from anyone who wants to know something about Iraq. Today we got a very different kind of question that touched my heart. A mother emailed a question to us that has concerned her son. What is touching is her son is 6 years old. He was concerned about the safety of soldiers and their welfare. To know that people even as young as 6 years old, are concerned about us is special. When I was 6, I was concerned with what GI Joe's to play with (my calling), what cartoons to watch, and how I was going to con my parents into letting me stay up past my bedtime. I really didnt know much about what was going on outside my hometown. Its not that I lived a shielded childhood, but I had other things to worry about. If you ask me, if this child is concerned about soldiers at the age of 6, he could end up president of our great nation if he keeps his interest in current events.