Yesterday's Iraqi provincial elections were quiet and peaceful. These statistics from the Times Online are staggering to consider:
14,400 number of candidatesJohn Hinderacker over at Power Line points to significance of the event:
420 number of parties registered
400 number of provincial council seats to contest
14 number of provinces participating in the elections
260,000 Iraqi observers
50,000 polling sites
1,366 tons of election materials manufactured in China, India, Britain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, comprising . . .
607 tons of election kits, including indelible ink bottles and ballot stamps
20 tonnes of registered voter lists, wall posters and complaints forms
559 tonnes of ballot papers
180m,tonnes of polling screens
The elections represent a great success for the Iraqi people and one more sign that President Bush's--or rather, the country's--effort in Iraq will go down in history as a success. If Iraq's democracy succeeds and inspires similar progress in other Arab countries, it could be a success of epic proportions.