Sunday, January 30, 2005

Most promising

The Iraqi elections had violence, but certainly not as much as expected. The difference between casulties and voters is five orders of magnitude. The initial guess for overall turnout was 72%. I haven't seen numbers for Sunni turnout, but NYT is reporting a "party atmosphere" in Baghdad.

I really should wait to see some good numbers on Sunni turnout, but I can't help rejoicing in the success thus far. I know it won't be long before it feels like business as usual again, reading of a car bomb here and there and the usual suspects urging Americans to extricate themselves from their latest quagmire, but today's election is the biggest and most tangible reason since the initial liberation for us to perservere. God willing, our sacrifices will not be in vain.

Update: The NYT changed its "party atmosphere" headline, but the text is the same.

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