The vote

This is a quick post to
salute the real heroes of Iraq;
the ones who dodged the bullets and bombs to cast their ballots. Hurray for
you! This is real patriotism: to be willing to die to make your country a
better place by participating in its first real elections!

Kudos to you for your courage!

Caption: [An Iraqi woman cries tears of joy after casting her vote outside a polling station in the holy city of Najaf, Jan. 30, 2005. (Faleh Kheiber/Reuters)]