We are so proud to have a passport from the most powerful nation in the world,
The United States of America. Sadly, this passport was not considered good enough when Iraqi christians attempted to vote. The majority of us did not have additional document from Iraq to prove our citizenship, only a US passport that said we were born in Iraq.
Many of us did not have additional documents to prove our Iraqi citizenship because when we left the country, we were escaping many threats, killings, and and hardship imposed on us by Iraqi officials during Sddam's reigime , and after the operation of Iraqi freedom Until now . For many Christians, The only document left was the American passport indicating Iraq as our place of birth.
It is very unfortunate that barriers were put together to prevent the christian of Iraq from voting. I will say 100% of our Iraqi christians were not able to vote if they presented only their American passport. The Iraqi offficial plan to block many christians around the world to vote simply because it is an organized plan to eliminate their presence in Iraq. How dare they have the audacity to not consider the American passport a certified document that proves our place of birth and our right to vote on an important election that will dictate the future of our birth-home.
In San Diago,California , I read one banner wrriten by Assyrians while they prepared to protest against the Iraqi governmet The banner read,
"They killed us in Sayfo in 1915, Semel in 1933, in the town of Soria in 1971 and now they want to kill our voices in the United States."
Sorry Mr. President, sorry America, your passport did not work in the Iraqi Elections. In the end the native people of Iraq, the ChaldoAssyrians, will be the big loosers.
By Paul Batou