Saturday, October 09, 2004

Voting Begins In Afghanistan

Despite a minor glitch with ink that the international monitors have said is not a widespread problem, the Afghanistan elections have gotten underway, with tens of thousands of individuals waiting hours in lines to vote.

Apparently their was a mix-up with ink in a couple of polling locations, causing minor candidates who had no chance to win to "boycott" the election (wait, was Al Gore running in the election!). No matter. The fact is this is the first election in Afghanistan in its 5,000 year history. People traveled for miles from around the country to one of the 23,0000 polling places, under threat of attack, to cast their ballots. An excerpt of the AP story:

The election offered a stark contrast in a nation that has endured many forms of imposed rule in the past 30 years — among them monarchy, Soviet occupation, warlord fiefdoms and the repressive Taliban theocracy ousted by the U.S.-led invasion following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"I came here to vote so we can have democracy and stability and peace in Afghanistan," said Aziz Ullah, a 19-year-old Kabul shopkeeper. "There used to only be a transfer of power by force or killing."

That peace is called freedom.

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