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  •  That there were so few casualties (none)
    today is a real success. I feared it would be much, much worse. Kudos to the security people and kudos to the Iraqis that came to vote despite a very scarey situation.

    "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 09:42:57 AM PST

    •  Only 50 dead Iraq's (none)
      that is what we call a good and hopeful day in Iraq.

      You know you're in trouble, when you've got to ask Dick Cheney to "cheer up" the voters.

      by amsterdam on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 09:48:16 AM PST

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      •  Yeah... (none)
        sad isn't it. But you have to figure one guy with a car bomb at a polling place could kill that many and maim a hundred more.

        Their "bath the streets in blood" was much like Bush's "shock and awe."

        In the long run this whole thing has been a disaster from start to finish but I hope the Iraqi people can pull themselves up despite the incompetence, negligence, and carelessness of this administration.

        "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

        by Andrew C White on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 10:57:28 AM PST

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      •  Because the White House bars are so low (none)
        They warned of a massacre, so when 'only' 50 innocent lives are lost in spite of massive security, why
        the 'low' casualty rate for the election just 'exceeds all expectations.'

        To thine own self be true - W.S.

        by Agathena on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 01:45:57 PM PST

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    •  Tactical decision by anti-occupation forces? (none)
      How do we know the reduced intensity of attacks wasn't a tactical decision by the anti-occupation forces?

      Perhaps they decided that they had done what they could to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S.-controlled elections and that attacks on polling places today would not serve their political strategy.

      Admitted, there is no way of determining whether this is or isn't true--but it seems a better explanation for the lack of election-day violence than the increased security, which has never proven very effective in the past.

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