Afghanistan Prepares to Install New National Assembly
I guess this news has been knocked off the front page by all the stories about the Iraqi elections:
Formation of the parliament marks the latest step in Afghanistan’ path to democracy and follows the country’s Sept. 18 parliamentary elections, a State Department official told the American Forces Press Service on the condition that he not be identified or quoted.
Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and international military forces ensured a relatively safe and secure environment so more than 12.5 million registered voters could vote for a 249-member lower house of parliament, as well as provincial councils. These council members, in turn, elected 68 members of the upper chamber.
President Hamid Karzai appointed the remaining 34 upper-house members, more than half of them women, the official explained.
If, at the end of September 2001 you had said that both Iraq and Afghanistan would have elected new democratic national governments by the end of 2005, I would have said you were a bit too optimistic. I’m glad to be proven wrong.
Why are some people so disappointed that things are going so well?
Are they unpatriotic?
UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers! While you’re here at MO, be sure to check out what Lynne Cheney had to say about the first constitutional Iraqi election compared to the first one in the US.