‘Not an election, a revolution’

by Nathan Hamm on 1/30/2005 · 4 comments

Title taken from Jeff Jarvis,

Visit Friends of Democracy, watch them on C-SPAN (I just saw Michael on the show). More photos below.

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I heartily echo Timothy’s sentiment.

There are plenty of folks out there with things to say about the election. I reccomend starting here, here, and here.

UPDATE: Regarding those protesters in the UK, it looks like they were chased off by much more noble coreligionists. Note that the protesters were from Hizb ut-Tahrir.

UPDATE II (for new visitor dropping by especially): For all you folks who don’t normally read my usual pleas blog and have a couple seconds to kill, would you be so kind as help me wrest the Satin Pajamas away from my friend over at Siberian Light? I’m only 12 votes behind in the “Best CIS Weblog” category, so if just a handful of you who haven’t voted yet could do me this favor, it’d be much appreciated. If all else fails, at least this will help me shore up the runner-up spot.

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Robert Mayer January 30, 2005 at 10:30 pm

Man. Afghanistan. Ukraine. Iraq… these have been a hectic few months. The C-Span program was great, I ended up watching the rerun as well. But it really made me begin to reminisce about the past few years, and where the world has come since that terrible September day in 2001. I’ve got to say, I’m rather proud, and humbled, at the moment…

Mark Hamm January 31, 2005 at 12:10 am

I’ve yet to check the news myself, but it looks like the election went pretty smoothly. Hurray. Hope the aftermath goes well (no apparent fraud ) and that the winner reconizes the need to not disenfranchise the losers and non voters.
After watching the recent ‘Frontline’ on terrorism in Europe, I don’t think the violence will stop in Iraq. I think they were right in reporting that the jihadist are saying if you want some real good training in terrorism the place to go is Iraq. You can make bombs, deploy them and explode them then see how the efficiency was. You can kill just about anybody and say it is for Islam. Then we can assign you to the US or EU or Russia or ?.

Non Tibi Spiro January 31, 2005 at 5:22 am

You already have my vote and you have been on my humble blogroll for a while. I hope it helps because you definitely deserve the exposure.

Robert Mayer January 31, 2005 at 7:57 pm

Luckily we won’t have to deal with usurpations of power just yet. This election was for the national assembly, which will draft the Constitution. Then, in August I believe, they will have a referendum on the issue.

Even though the Sunnis are a minority, and they didn’t turn out in as high proportions, they could still easily deflect the new Constitution. They realized just in this day that they should still be involved in the country, because it is in their interest. So even though the Shiites will take most of the assembly, they must still afford rights to everyone.

After the passing, then they’ll have the election for the new government come… December I believe. Then we can worry.

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