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January 30, 2005

From Back to Iraq - Election Day

Topics: Iraq Elections

So far, so good in Baghdad. The polls are open so now it's time to see who has the stronger will - those who want freedom or those who wish to deny it for others.

- Back to Iraq Jan 30, Election Day Iraq

BAGHDAD--Almost one hour since the polls opened here, I've only heard one faint boom, and it was far away. So far, so good, knock on wood. I'll be heading out shortly after we've had our security guys make an assessment of the safety situation.

But one thing is different. Before, as a Westerner, I felt a bull's-eye on me whenever I left compound. Today, I think the kidnapping threat is less (the insurgents have better things to do today) so everyone on the street is a target. This gives me a feeling of solidarity and responsibility. If the Iraqis can go out there and risk their lives in the lines to vote, then the least I can do is the same to cover them doing it.

More later today as things develop. Let's hope the worries of violence prove overblown.

Posted by Hyscience at January 30, 2005 12:18 AM



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