Earlier this week, I tried to show some optimism about the Afghan elections last weekend by saying they were less violent than the 2009 presidential election. I was wrong to do so. The Guardian reports:
The US-led coalition force in Afghanistan has conceded that last week’s parliamentary elections were far more violent than it first claimed and that the country was rocked by many more insurgent attacks than during last year’s presidential election.
The International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said there were about 100 more attacks compared with the roughly 280 attacks during last year’s election.
The figures are an embarrassment for the international community which cited a decrease in violence as proof of the greater capacity of the Afghan army and police to guarantee security during Saturday’s election.
Indeed. Maybe one day soon we’ll arrive at a place where ISAF isn’t forced to “concede” reality, and it will just honestly state it. Maybe.