The Indiana Gazette had the considerable foresight to hire National Guardsman Sgt. Thomas Foreman Jr., serving in Baghdad, as a weekly columnist; surprisingly, few other newspapers have followed the Gazette’s example. In his latest piece, Sgt. Foreman considers the election:
Every Iraqi I talk to has hope. I’ve written several times on the power of hope, and right here is a living, breathing 24-million-strong testament to it. As long as some hope endures for the Iraqi people, my time here will not have been wasted.
It will not be perfect. This very well could be the most dangerous period we face while we are over here. There will be some violence against election workers, voters, even the candidates themselves. That precedent has been set already in the past few weeks.
We are ready. The Iraqis are ready. And we all know what we have to do to see this vital task through to its conclusion.