Michael Ubaldi, December 29, 2004.
Mohammed Fadhil has his eye on Iraq's elections:
I've traveled in the past week in several cities in the north, south and middle of Iraq and the common finding in the streets was tons of elections' posters encouraging people to join the elections and in some cases advertising for the policies of the competing political parties.
...The most interesting phenomenon that caught my attention was that the majority of the parties are trying to make their lists include elements from all the segments of the Iraqi population. Even the lists of the religious parties included technocrats and liberals and all the lists tried to include Arabs, Kurds, Muslims (Sunni and She'at), Turkmen, Christians and even people from the Yazeedi and Subbi minorities.
The growing discrepancy between most press reports and Iraqis' own experience is embarrassing — and shameful.
Mohammed's observations meet the high expectations of Iraqis' foreign supporters. Take a moment to read.