Thursday, September 15, 2005
Did You Know?
That history is about to be made (again) in Afghanistan? Buried under the Katrina, Roberts and Bombs in Iraq News there is something about to happen on Sunday in Afghanistan.... An election. On Sunday, almost a year after electing their president, Afghans will again take to the polls and elect a parliament.
Afghans are embracing democracy. They registered to vote in the millions, and despite (hollow) threats from die-hard Taliban they will vote on Sunday. The predicted upswing in violence leading up to this election did not happen as was feared. An Islamic democracy in Afghanistan is being born. How many news stories have you read about this?
Sure, Afghanistan has a long-long way to go. Their Army and Police need more training and resources, the government must improve its reach beyond Kabul, the economy needs to be re-started, but overall, there is progress. Real progress. After more than 40 years of war, the signs of civil society are all over Afghanistan. The Taliban is irrelevant. Al-Qaeda no longer seeks haven there, law and order is being restored.
But, you wouldn't know about it unless I told you.