Like many people, I confess to a fair amount of skepticism about the possibility that democracy is going to blossom in Iraq or Afghanistan as a result of the military actions we’ve been engaged in for much of this decade.
That skepticism has not been erased. But I also confess to a certain amount of humility after reading Stephen Lee Myers’ report on Sunday’s election in Iraq.
No matter what else I might think about the election, I marveled at this paragraph:
“Iraqis defied a barrage of mortars, rockets and other bombs to show up to the polls in strength on Sunday, in elections that have been seen as a critical test of Iraq’s stability and a last milestone before American troops leave the country.”
Elections marred by violence are not as rare as we might hope in today’s world. Perhaps we are even a little jaded at hearing stories about them. But the question lingers: How many of us would defy “a barrage of mortars, rockets and other bombs” to go out and cast a ballot?