Thursday, August 20, 2009

Election Day in Afghanistan

Today marks the second national election in Afghanistan since the ruling Taliban was ousted in late 2001. President Hamid Karzai is expected to be re-elected.

But the Taliban is doing its best to disrupt the election process. They have threatened violence and have delivered on their promise. Militants launched scattered rocket and bomb attacks, violence that has closed some polling sites.

As a result of these threats and violence, voter turnout has been low.

As Americans, we should pay attention to the happenings in Afghanistan. Perhaps the last election didn't go the way some of us wanted it to go. But we did not see militant groups attacking polling sites or suicide bombers blowing themselves up.

Our elections are peaceful. Men, women, African-American, Hispanic, Asian . . . all American citizens have the right to vote. No one is killed for trying to vote. Whether or not we came out on the winning side, we can be thankful that we live in a country such as this. And we can pray for peace in other countries that don't have that same luxury.

1 comment:

Chrisy said...

We are so fortunate aren't live in countries that offer such freedom and basic safety for their citizens...