Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Berlin Wall and Iraqi Election Bill

With the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and Iraq passing their Parliamentary Elections Bill within a day of each other, it is certainly a time to rejoice in the power of Democracy.

Even with violence, claims of corruption, lack of basic services, favoritism, sectarianism, and other issues looming, the people of Iraq will have the opportunity to participate in an open election providing the same promise that it does in America...the hope for a brighter future.

It was this same hope that certainly the people of East Berlin felt as the wall was opened 20 years ago. The hope that someday, through some method of their own doing, their children would live in a better time.

It is times like these that we remember the value of the something we often take for granted...Democracy.