VOTERS SLIGHTED

The Associated Press reports:

Hundreds of Iraqis streamed into polling places in five U.S. cities Friday, the first day they could vote in their homeland’s election. Nearly 26,000 people have registered to vote in five U.S. metropolitan areas with heavy Iraqi populations: Detroit, Chicago, Nashville, Tenn., Los Angeles and Washington. Tens of thousands more are expected to vote in 13 other countries during balloting that runs through Sunday.

In Iraq and around the globe, the voting has been a cause for jubilation among Iraqis who have long been tormented by Saddam, but the threat of violence is still present. Insurgents bent on disrupting the election process have killed U.S. soldiers—two more died Friday in Baghdad—set off suicide car bombs, assassinated officials and bombed polling places.

Adim Altalibi struggled to hold back tears Friday after voting in an Iraqi election for the first time. All he could think about were his five nephews, all killed under Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The article, a very good piece compiled by four AP writers, goes on to cover several other aspects of the election. Overall, its tone is positive … but the New York Times (unimpressed by “tens of thousands” voting and tearful Iraqis celebrating democracy) decided on this sour headline:

Slight Turnout Is Expected as Iraqis Abroad Begin to Vote

They’ll run this election down any chance they get, even if they look like idiots in the process. That headline, by the way, has since been removed.

(Via Alan R.M. Jones)

Posted by Tim B. on 01/29/2005 at 02:55 AM
    1. This is the hour when the US and Iraqis must not lose their nerve. The Tet Offensive in Vietnam is often misidentified as a problem and a turning point for the US forces – it was a bigger problem for the North. Just as Australian forces extracted a terrible toll at Long Tan, the overall losses in and around the tet offensive period were considerable for the communists.
      The forces of evil in Iraq will prbably do their utmost over the next few days, and perhaps for longer – but it is a matter of sticking to it and winning in the long haul. The Invasion of Europe was only the beginning of the destruction of the Nazi forces. Many more lives were lost before Germany surrendered.

      Posted by blogstrop on 01/29 at 03:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. The SMH is running this byline in its online edition: ‘Expatriate Iraqis were casting ballots in their country’s first free election for over half a century with emotions running high despite a low voter turnout’. Sour grapes from an ‘organ’ that constantly whines about the need for more democracy in Australia. democracy of course, having nothing to do with the freedom of speech if it may show America in a positive light.

      Posted by Nic on 01/29 at 03:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. And in my local newspaper about the Irvine voting:  “Small but Excited Group Votes.”

      Jerks.

      Posted by Patricia on 01/29 at 05:55 PM • permalink

 

  1. One must note that the Iraqis seem to be better organised than the AEC was, to prevent multiple voting, Iraq has more than a question.

    Posted by Sheriff on 01/29 at 09:22 PM • permalink