Sunday, September 18, 2005

Magnificent Day for Afghanistan

Afghanistan held its parliamentary elections despite threats from the Taliban:

Violence across the country killed 15 people, including a French commando in the U.S.-led coalition that is helping Afghans build a democracy after a quarter-century of conflict, but there were no signs of a spectacular attack threatened by Taliban militants to disrupt the vote.

Jimmy Carter won't endorse it or anything (thank God), so we can be sure that this is a victory. What would have seemed impossible four years ago is pulled off because of American and Aghani resolve. And a tiny NATO presence. As small as it is--a pathetic effort collectively from a continent whose Euro elites pine for superpower status--I do thank the individual countries that gave a damn enough to help us.