Tarry for the Nonce

December 16, 2005

The Glory of Purple Ink

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 8:20 am

I think few could argue that yesterday was a landmark day for Iraq:

Unintimidated by a series of morning explosions that shook the capital and a smattering of attacks elsewhere, record numbers of voters walked in the warm sun to cast ballots at heavily protected polling places . . .

“Today is like a wedding day,” said Hussein Hussein, wearing a conservative brown suit as he watched voters at polling stations in Baghdad’s Harithiya district.

“The violence will be less because the Sunnis have come to vote, too. The people are much more united now. A lot of people came to vote today, even very old people came today,” Mr. Hussein said.

Even Reuters agrees:

There may not be the same sense of history this time round, but the joy and determination of Iraqi voters emerging from dictatorship is still evident.

Young and old, able-bodied and infirm, they streamed to polls for the third time in 11 months on Thursday, this time to elect a four-year parliament.

While not as novel as the first post-Saddam Hussein election in January, participation was more widespread. Sunni Arabs, who boycotted the earlier poll for an interim assembly, flocked to vote this time, determined not to miss out on power again.

“I’m delighted to be voting for the first time,” said 21-year-old driver Jamal Mahmoud in Ramadi, a Sunni Arab city west of Baghdad that has been at the front line of the anti-American insurgency for the past two years.

Huzzah for everyone feeling like their input matters!


1 Comment

  1. Hooray for free elections! Let’s now see what sort of government is elected.

    Comment by Howard R — December 19, 2005 @ 8:56 am

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