Friday, August 21, 2009

The Day After

The Election has passed and votes are being counted.

Somewhere between 40 - 50 percent of the eligible voters cast ballots and that's under threat of dismemberment (the Taliban threatened to cut fingers off) and death (the Taliban threatened to kill people) and under fire (rocket attacks, gunmen and suicide bombers).

Despite all the doom and gloom forecasts, things weren't really all that scary yesterday. The Taliban propaganda machine (the Western media) failed to scare away voters.

So now we wait while votes are counted. We should give a nod to the millions of courageous Afghans who braved death and dismemberment to exercise their right to vote.

The Afghan people are the winners, even if the election was imperfect.


Joseph Wolf said...

Wow. that's pretty amazing. That's probably a higher turnout than a typical American election, where we have to brave traffic, the weather, and being late for work. Unless of course the media convinces the flock that one of the candidates can walk on water.

Vodka Mom said...

I am so glad you are well- and that you continue to remind us why we are lucky to be where we are.

Oh, and thanks for the field trip. (I wore a hard hat this time. Just in case...)

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Glad to hear from you again. You must be busy!

And I'm glad for the Afghan people, too. You have to start somewhere.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm glad to hear the TAliban didn't intimidate everyone away. That's good progress.

Jan said...

Threats of cutting fingers off are enough to scare me off.

Travis Erwin said...

Awesome. and we get 30 percent on a good day. Ten if it's cloudy.