It appears that the majority of Afghans have discovered that no one has the power to keep them from taking back their country except they themselves. The cries of a “free people” reign down and though fellow Muslims called “insurgents” try to stop them from deciding the fate of their own country by threats, intimidation and death, those who say enough standing tall to defy those who will stop at nothing but to destroy and not build. This is the mark of young nation whose path to a free and democratic country is in its future. The stories of those who braved this threat is nothing short of heroic and something that many of us in America can completely relate to.
“Afghans braved Taliban rockets and polling site bombings Saturday to vote for a new parliament in elections seen as a measure of the government’s competence and commitment to democratic rule.” “At a mosque in eastern Kabul, a former schoolteacher said she had traveled from her home on the outskirts of the city the night before because voting was safer in the center city.” “Even though I heard about those rocket attacks, I wanted to vote,” said Aziza, 48, who gave only her first name. “Today is a historic day for Afghan people and it is very important for the restoration of democracy.” “Afghan security officials dismissed the attacks as “insignificant,” and said they did not hamper voting, adding that 92 percent of polling stations were open.” “In the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in the south, voters ventured out in small groups despite rocket strikes and bomb blasts.” “One bomb targeted the convoy of Gov. Tooryalai Wesa as it drove between voting centers but no one was injured, police officer Abdul Manan said.” “Wesa still urged Kandaharis to come out and vote.” “There’s nothing to be afraid of,” he said. “The enemy wants the election to fail, so if you want the insurgents out of your land, you’ll have to come out and vote.” “Voters even lined up in the Zhari district, west of Kandahar city, where Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s radical Islamic movement was born 16 years ago.” “Hundreds of Afghan and international troops secured the area.” “People are fed up with the Taliban, that’s why they’re coming out more and more, so they can get rid of the Taliban,” businessman Saleh Naeem said.” “In Jalalabad, some people at busy polling stations said candidates had provided buses to take them to the polls.” “Karzai cast his vote at a high school in the capital.” “He said he hoped voters would not be deterred by the attacks.” ” The elections will “take the country many steps forward to a better future,” Karzai said.” (Shah, Amir and Faiez, Rahim, 9/18/2010, Associated Press, Afghans vote for parliament amid threats, attacks, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org).
This could be the beginning of a new chapter for Afghanistan and its people. A chapter written by Afghans and shared with their Muslim neighbors throughout the region. A chapter that says that no threat, attack or intimidation will ever stop a determined and deserving people from their chosen destiny. In America, we know a little about that.