Posted by TFG on December 16th, 2005
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Final results in Iraq’s parliamentary election may not be known for two weeks, but early indications show the Shiite tickets doing well in traditional Shiite strongholds, election officials said Friday.
In Mosul, capital of the predominantly Sunni Arab province of Nineveh, indications were that the Sunni coalition came in first, said a representative for the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance, Hameed Shabaky.
He said the Shiite governing party apparently came in fourth behind the Sunni coalition, the Kurds and a bloc led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite.
Turnout in what was a mostly peaceful election was overwhelming. Election officials estimated up to 11 million of the nation’s 15 million registered voters took part in Thursday’s vote, which would put overall turnout at more than 70 percent.
Every American should be thrilled beyond belief that this election is happening. An absolutely hellish tyrant* has been deposed, and democracy is gaining a serious foothold where it was once judged to be impossible. That democracy will be a beacon to the other peoples in that misbegotten part of the world. And that, my friends, is an enormous victory in the global war on terror.
Oh, yeah…that. Ring a bell?
* And of all possible outcomes, he’s on trial, wearing a suit, in a court, with lawyers and judges. He should still be swinging from a lamp post. Cooler heads than mine prevailed, of course, and word of his savageries will be spread far and wide. That is to say, spread far and wide if our pothead friends from j-school can be bothered, which I doubt with about as much doubt as it is possible to doubt and still leave a crack open for possibility.
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