Fear and hope collide as Iraq braces for vote

From [Boston Globe — Front Page](http://www.boston.com/news/globe/pageone:)

BAGHDAD — Despite renewed attacks on polling places yesterday and continued calls to boycott today’s elections, Iraqis lined up this morning to cast ballots for a National Assembly that will begin to put an Iraqi stamp on political and security decisions shaped by the US occupation since the American invasion nearly two years ago.

You go Iraqi’s!!!! Everyone keeps saying that America should get out of Iraq and that it’s none of our business what happens there. that’s the same mistake we made with Osama Bin Laden back in the day in Afganistan. They need stability first. That requires a government by the people, of the people, and for the people. Hopefully we’re just about there.

“It is so important that we hold these elections,” said Sa’ad Abid, 24, a Shi’ite who drives a taxi in Sadr City. ”This is the beginning of the end of the old, bad era, and the beginning of a new optimistic future.”