Monday, January 31, 2005


Iraqi Elections Successfully Held?

Call me cynical, but I expect this election to have little effect on the insurgency. The "insurgents" are fighting what they perceive as the formation of yet another foreign-imposed puppet regime. Only if THAT perception changes in enough people's minds will the fighting drop off.


The BBC reports:

...some areas reported a better turnout than others.

Queues, for example, were seen forming outside polling stations in the former rebel stronghold of Falluja.

But voting figures were thought to be very low in Ramadi and Samarra. Four polling booths in the Sunni Azamiyah district of Baghdad never even opened, according to reports.

I guess it all boils down to what kind of constitution the Iraqis work out, whether enough Sunnis accept it, and whether the violence ever dies down enough for all Iraqis to participate.


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