Satisfactory, he said,
“The participation rate and the good technical organization of the elections were satisfactory,”
Sean Macomber calls for perspective, which is always a good thing. In an article in The American Spectator, Sean also asked about John “No Over-Hype” Kerry,
Maybe so, but with so little faith in the electoral process on his part, what horse on the planet would want to attempt to tote John Kerry across the electoral river — be it the Mississippi or the Euphrates?
Yesterday’s high turnout, in defiance of the gunmen, should be celebrated. Of course the Iraqi insurgency is an important story. But this does not explain the loving attention devoted to each setback faced by the forces of order. Compare yesterday’s reports with those by the same commentators during South Africa’s first democratic election. Then, too, there were many technical problems: electors who were not properly registered, voter intimidation, long queues. But these things were set in their proper context, as the backdrop against which the moving drama of people casting their first ballots was being played out. No one suggested that the clashes between IFP and ANC supporters in Zululand undermined the whole process. No one argued that the backlash by a handful of black homeland chieftains and Boer irreconcilables made South Africa unfit for democracy.
I’m overjoyed at the high turnout. As the WSJ said,
Everyone knows that struggle and compromises lie ahead if the new Iraq is going to succeed. But yesterday’s demonstration of courage and hope by millions of Iraqis belies those cynics who say Arabs and Muslims don’t want democracy.
Will the Iraqis turn their government over to an Iran-like mullocracy? I doubt it. I’m sure the Iraqis noticed that the only people allowed to vote freely in Iran were Iraqis, and only last Sunday.