Sunday, October 10, 2004


Afghanistan Elections Look Like A Success

Here's an Afghanistan Election Roundup, courtesy of Instapundit.

From a BBC reporter's own blog

It was a celebration today. There was a tremendous buzz of excitement at the polling stations.

I genuinely got the feeling that this was the people's opportunity and that's why in Kandahar the problem with the ink is being laughed out of town.
From Reuters:
The largest group of independent poll observers, the Free and Fair Election Foundations of Afghanistan (FEFA) which is made up of 13 local non-governmental organizations, said the vote was fair despite the complaints.
From ABC:
The Taliban vowed to turn the Afghan election into a day of bloodshed, but the rebels mounted only a smattering of small-scale attacks on police and civilians and a larger clash that left many of their own dead.
Robert Tagorda has a nice overview of the election, as well

All in all, an incredible day in the War On Terror and an amazing accomplishment for Bush. Next up, Iraq in January.

And, per my previous posts on the subject, here and here, it will be interesting to see if those who denigrate the effort to establish democracy will try to use the previously underestimated number of eligible voters as a weapon for attacking this election's legitimacy.