Sunday, December 18, 2005

The Iraqi election

Joshuapundit congratulates the Iraqi people on occasion of their truly free election, a first in the Arab world. Frankly, Arabs have never had such political freedom in history..except in Israel, oddly enough!

Roughly 11 million voters went to the polls out of a total of 15 million registered voters...about 73%. And these people voted in spite of violence and intimidation and bombings.

It remains to be seen whether Iraq will hold together as a united country. I personally put the odds at no more than 50%, and that is very dependent on the autonomy of the Kurds and the acceptance of democracy by the Sunni minority. But this is still a proud day in the history of both the US and Iraq.

Things ain't like what they used to be in this here neighborhood.

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