Afghan elections a crucial victory for freedom over fear

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2004

The news out of Afghanistan is good. It is testimony to the human spirit. It is a statement that demonstrates that people want and need to be heard. And it illustrates that expressing confidence in the citizenry reaps great benefits.

By all accounts, and despite a few unfortunate occurrences, Saturday's first-ever presidential election in Afghanistan revealed that the country's citizens braved all threats and stood up to crush those who were bent on ruining this important day.

As one foreign monitor put it: ''The millions who came to the polls clearly wanted to turn from the rule of the gun to the rule of law.''

That perseverance is what the world witnessed of the Afghan people even in the face of threats by hardline Taliban leaders on the eve of election day.

That perseverance is what the people of Iraq will have to maintain as they approach their own elections, come January. Hope that the people of Iraq can step forward in the same manner and put off whatever threat the insurgents and terrorists promise. ...

Oct. 11

The Jordan Times, Amman



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