Afghan results appear mixed. Much criticism (as in our newspaper’s political cartoons) has been directed at potential violence. Apparently, that was not a problem. (Another dog that didn’t bark but whose absence is not likely to be noted.) On the other hand, the ink that marked someone as having voted washed off too easily and some may have voted repeatedly. Links:
The problems appear similar to those expected in Dailey’s Chicago and Johnson’s south Texas. This may well be simple incompetence; if it is venality, it is venality rather than violence. That does seem to indicate a real step toward democracy. Still, with several of the candidates boycotting, the election will not have the authority we would like. (Snarky moment: I wonder what Carter will do – perhaps he could bless it with a Venzuelean validition? Or, perhap not, since the project was undertaken under Republican leadership.) Frankly, it is hard to be snarky and look at the pictures; these are moving. I hope it proves, finally, a fair election.