Today is a historical day for the people of Iraq. They left their homes and walked to polling stations to cast their ballots. As is their custom, entire families took the time to express their wish to have a voice in the outcome of who will represent them. Consider that this ancient land known as the "fertile crescent" where Ur-Nammu and Hammurabi so many thousands of years ago decided to codify rules of behavior into the first recorded set of laws.
These families are taking a heroic step into a direction that will ultimately bring stability to their lives. It will not happen overnight but I sense that they know this and are willing to give it a try. This process will put in place an elected form of government which will represent their constituency for four years. After that time, the people of Iraq will decide again and by doing so perfect the process even more.
I salute the Iraqi people for their courage, wisdom and sacrifice and hope that their efforts will produce freedom and happiness for their children.