Iraqi Constitution Vote: Say What?
There were pockets where turnout appeared quite heavy. At one precinct in Sadr City, the giant slum where as many as half of Baghdad's five million people live, 1,750 of the 2,400 registered voters had cast ballots by late afternoon, a turnout of 73 percent
Pardon? 2.5 million (that's 2,500,000) people live in Sadr City and only 2,400 people are even registered to vote?! Excuse me if I don't think that a 73% turnout from such a paltry number constitutes of ringing endorsement of democracy or the new constitution!
Oh, this isn't encouraging at all. I had hoped a constitution might mean some sort of legitimacy for the new government and mean the beginning of an American exit strategy. But if Sadr City is representative of Iraq......abandon all hope, ye who read the news.
(And if you don't read the news, please bang your head against the wall.) (But not too hard, I don't want you to get hurt. That would be stupid.)