Iraq Election Quotes



We have declared a fierce war on this evil principle of democracy and those who follow this wrong ideology. Anyone who tries to help set up this system is part of it.

-- Abu Musab Zarqawi

I didn't hesitate at all. Frankly, I am not very happy, but I will be happy when the occupiers leave the country and when a true Iraqi leaderships governs Iraq--a true one, not like that one that is governing us now and not like the one coming in. We don't know who are the candidates and what are their aims.

-- Mohammed Srahan, teacher

Welcome, welcome to the heroes of Fallujah.

-- a crowd singing about the American/Iraqi
recapture of Fallujah from terrorist insurgents

My family and my children are very happy. The people should be united and not be afraid. We were afraid for 35 years under the oppression of Saddam, and today is our chance. [If people sit in their homes too afraid to go out], we will give the criminals the chance to bring destruction to the country, and we will lose the freedom and the will to achieve democracy.

-- Muhanned Fadhil, trader

I see the 30th of January as the beginning of a gigantic political process that will lead us to a full democracy, rule of law, respect of human rights and participation of all Iraqis regardless of their religious, ethnic or political background.

-- Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi

I am hungry to vote. All I hope is that I am not blown up before I cast my ballot.

-- Ghazban Fayyad, Baghdad bookstall owner

Generally, I cannot go out and meet people or knock on doors to get out the vote like they do in the West.

-- Salama Khafaji, female candidate and
two-time assasination attempt escapee

We will not surrender to the terrorists even if we are cut to pieces, even if their bullets and explosions will be able to reach all of us, men, women, children, and the elderly.

-- Jalal Al-Deen Al-Sagheer, imam of the Shi'a Boratha Mosque

We will not participate in these elections . . . because the American forces will bring us a secular leader who doesn't recognize God. This, we do not want, and we will fight it.

-- Jalaluddin Ahmed, Sunni cleric

We've been waiting for the moment when we can decide our future all our lives and now it's happening. I can't tell you how excited that makes me and all freedom-loving Iraqis. I feel like after voting I would not care what would happen to me. . . . The terrorist can kill me and many of the Iraqis who are going to vote but we would die proud. We will regain our self-esteem and our pride that Saddam and his thugs took away by humiliating us, torturing and killing our friends and beloved ones in front of our eyes. . . . I don't want to live like that again, never, and for that reason I'm going to vote.

-- Ali, Baghdad pediatrician, of the Free Iraqi weblog

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