Uppmuntrade av läsarnas stöd (och ekonomiska bidrag, förmodar jag) har nu de två bloggande bröderna Ali och Mohammed Fadhil, som driver iraqthemodel.blogspot.com lanserat sin kandidatur till Iraks nya parlament.
De demokrati-älskande bloggarbröderna, vars existens faktiskt betvivlats av vänsterinriktade läsare, ställer upp för Iraq Pro-Democracy Party, enligt ett pressmeddelande på partiets hemsida och i en post på den egna bloggen.
We believe that we represent an important segment of the Iraqi people that was never organized before under any category as a result of the oppression of the past regime. Now this segment has come to see the necessity to contribute to the building of a new Iraq in a way that is entirely different from the old ways that are still dominant in the Middle East and that are governed by religious fanaticism and pan-Arab nationalism.
We see that remaining silent is not an option in our battle towards democracy and freedom and that everyone who seeks a better future should take part in this battle.
علي فاضل (Ali Fadhil)
Through our writings in our weblog and communication with different opinions and view points we find ourselves committed to reconsider the way in which we can serve our nation.
We also saw that our somewhat daring opinions were accepted by many people whether westerners or Iraqis and we see that we have the capability to clarify our vision about Iraq's future through talking to Iraqis directly.
Our work on the weblog opened our minds more, made us bolder and encouraged us to communicate with our fellow citizens as they're the ones who can make the change and they're the ones we started to write for their sake.
محمد فاضل (Mohammed Fadhil)
Är detta det slutgiltiga beviset för bloggandets potential?
Ja, jag blir i alla fall rörd till tårar när jag läser om hur deras beslut växt fram.
For sometime we thought that we can help by doing our jobs and by posting our opinions here on the blog, and while we still think it does help, the battle against tyranny and fanaticism in our country demands more than that. It demands that each one of us put all the effort he/she can make and take an active stand regardless of how difficult or dangerous it may seem. We simply cannot just stand and watch and we hope that we will encourage others also to do their best in order to achieve our freedom and establish democracy in a country that suffered more than enough from wars, dictators, terrorists and fanatics.
We believe that democracy is the only cure to all those diseases and the only answers to all threats. As hard the battle seems now and as far victory may look, we believe in our people and we believe in our friends and we know we will win.
Den här nyheten såg jag först hos LGF, förresten.