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January 30, 2005
CIGARS IN THE SAND is photoblogging from the Baghdad polls. Here you see Iraqi men proudly displaying their inked fingers after voting. (Via Chester, who has lots of election coverage).
The Belmont Club has an interesting post, too, responding to predictable negativism from Juan Cole.
I'll observe, as James Taranto did last week, that high turnout among the Afrikaners wasn't seen as the test of the South African elections' legitimacy. Likewise, high turnout in pro-Ba'ath areas shouldn't be the test here.
Reader Peter Ingemi, meanwhile, offers a prediction:
I'm remembering the coy saying about the French resistance. "If everyone who claimed to be in the resistance really had been, there would have been nobody left to collaborate."
I make the following prediction: In 20 or 25 years (it might not even take that long) all the people who where saying that the war was wrong and Iraq was wrong will talk about how America brought democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan and how they were a part of it due to their protests and desire for democracy and the end of tyranny. (of course they will not mention that the tyranny that they meant was us.) If the same people who write the current history books write them again be sure that this will happen.
Heh. Yeah, just like everybody pulled together during the Cold War.
CNN is reporting a 72% turnout. [Later: Some readers think that will turn out to be high, with the final number more like 60%. Still a lot, in the face of widespread death threats. We don't to that well, very often, and the worst we have are long lines.]
Power Line: "Somehow, I had missed the fact that Iraqi expatriates are voting in Syria. Thus, Iraqis living in Syria can participate in a democratic process, but Syrians can't. A bit odd, that, but it's another example of the impact this election could have in the Arab world." Yes, I imagine some Syrians are noticing.
Meanwhile, Robert Fisk appears in his usual role as punching bag. And he remains well-suited for it.
UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg is giving the media coverage a thumbs-down:
So far, I think the coverage has been moderately scandalous. This morning CNN kept its regularly scheduled medical show (though last night they were better, if mostly pre-taped). The major nets seemed to treat this like a fairly ho-hum story. I just walked over to my computer after seeing that the Today Show was offering viewers a segment on new shaving technologies for men.
If things were going badly, they'd be all over it, of course. More evidence that the elections are a success!
MORE: James Dwight:
The polls just closed, and there was 72% turnout with mimimal sporadic violence. The ball is now in the MSM's court. Or, to use perhaps a more appropriate cliche, the Iraqi people have given the MSM plenty of rope.
John Cole, meanwhile, says that the "Damning But" was shut down by Iraqi voters and offers a challenge to bloggers.
And RantWraith has four words, while Yellowdogblog notes that even Reuters is having trouble generating negative spin.