Sunday, January 30, 2005

Where the Fascists Won

An anonymous commenter on a previous post point out that very few people voted in Ramadi. NYT reports that "only six people voted after seven hours" at one particular polling place. Overall turnout in Ramadi was about 1%. Turnout for the province as a whole is something like 5%.

The fascist won that province hands down. As we used to say in graduate school, whether the turnout was 1% or 5% - it's the Moral Equivalent of Zero. Lots of work needs to be done and we and the Iraqis should focus on places like Ramadi. The fascists depressed turnout to nothing but still, those who did vote were not murdered, the polling places were not destroyed.

Will the people of Ramadi still be terrorized next time? The next election, to approve the proposed constitution, is scheduled for the fall. If turnout in Ramadi rises to 25 or 30%, I would see that as a triumph. Over 50% would be a stake in the heart of the fascist vampire.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guess is that what stopped otherwise willing people from voting in heavily Sunni areas wasn't so much the fear of being shelled or blown up on the day as the fear of being noticed and marked for reprisals later. Anyone who voted in, say, Ramadi must have felt very exposed.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a more encouraging story at the NYT (!)

The figure was based on national returns, Mr. Ayar said, and included the provinces of Anbar and Nineveh, which have large Sunni populations. The predicted low turnout in Anbar, a hotspot of Sunni resistance to the American occupation, was exceeded to such an extent that extra voting materials had to be rushed to outlying villages, where long lines were formed at polling stations, Mr. Ayar said.
(Seen at Belgravia Dispatch.)

11:43 PM  

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