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02-07-05, 08:50 AM #1
Working on a project, and cannot find pictures of the
PURPLE finger, that Iraq showed to the world.
I'm feeling that this can/has come to symbolize that the price ALL our men and women in uniform have paid, is NOT in vain.
Links, posts, e-mail, what ever.... need a few different shots (color) for my project.
02-07-05, 08:54 AM #2
An Iraqi woman holds up her hand, and shows a purple finger, indicating she has just voted, as she leaves a polling station in the centre of Az Zubayr, southern Iraq (news - web sites), Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005. Iraqis turned out to vote Sunday in their country's first free election in a half-century, defying insurgents who launched deadly suicide bombings and mortar strikes at polling stations. (AP Photo / Andrew Parsons / Pool)
02-07-05, 08:55 AM #3
An Iraqi citizen holds up his finger which he has dipped in purple ink to show he has cast his vote in the Iraqi general election, at a polling station in Wembley, London, January 28, 2005. Iraqis expatriates began voting on Friday in their country's general election, two days before polling takes place in Iraq (news - web sites) itself. REUTERS/Stephen Hird
02-07-05, 08:56 AM #4
An Iraqi citizen dips his finger in purple ink to show he has cast his vote in the Iraqi general election at a polling station in Manchester, northern England, January 28, 2005. Iraqis expatriates began voting on Friday in their country's general election, two days before polling takes place in Iraq (news - web sites) itself. REUTERS/Darren Staples
02-07-05, 08:58 AM #5
Tuesday February 1, 10:31 AM
Giving terrorism the purple finger in Iraq
By Indo-Asian News Service
Washington, Feb 1 (IANS) The badge of honour in Iraq at Sunday's national elections was a purple stain on the index finger, a sign that its owner had defied bombs and terrorists to vote in the country's first free election in more than 50 years, says UPI.
Each voter had his or her finger indelibly stained to avoid fraud, and the mark will take three or four days to be effectively removed.
In the end, the determination of Iraqis to shape their own destiny proved greater than their fear of reprisals as they lined up outside polling stations in thousands to cast their ballots for a national assembly and 18 provincial councils.
Though the majority of Iraqis were justifiably euphoric, the reality is that more violence can be expected. If the Sunnis, who enjoyed power under Saddam, are sore losers there is even the danger of civil war.
The election is the start of a long process. Full results will not be known until mid-February. The choice of prime minister and the cabinet is expected to provide the first indication of how much control the Shiite clergy intends to exercise over the government.
The Kurds in their northern enclave also voted for a regional parliament. This determination was propelled by the Shiite Muslims, the political underclass in the Saddam regime who make up 60 percent of the population and are clearly destined to be proportionately the dominant group in the assembly.
The election was marred by attacks and suicide bombs that claimed 23 victims, but that result was so far below what was feared as to be almost part of the good news.
The bloodbath threatened by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist group in Iraq, never materialised. Baghdad, for example, was relatively calm despite the fact that the city bore the brunt of the attacks.
Iraqi officials believed several factors had helped to contain the violence. One was the ban on driving on election day, greatly limiting the mobility of the insurgents.
Second was the large number of militant suspects arrested in a series of aggressive operations by coalition and Iraqi forces in the days leading up to the voting.
But another factor could have been the contacts between US military officers and certain Iraqi insurgency groups. According to a diplomatic source in the US, the insurgents, who did not include all the militants or Al Qaeda, had said they would not carry out any attacks during the election weekend.
Though the Shiites and Kurds voted in large numbers, it remains to be seen how many Sunni Muslims ignored the call to boycott the elections. According to reports, a trickle of voters appeared at the polling stations in the Sunni triangle and other Sunni areas in the afternoon, where the stations had opened at all.
With a minimum 20 percent turnout, the Bush administration could claim that the Sunni united front opposing the election had been broken.
Overall, as Feisal Istrabadi, Iraq's deputy representative to the UN observed, "Something clearly went right."
The picture of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the spiritual leader of Iraq's Shiites, was on the ballot forms, representing the religious group's unified ticket even though Sistani himself was not a candidate.
The main purpose of the provisional assembly (as it is being called) is to draft a new Iraqi constitution, a process that is expected to involve lengthy wrangling.
The Kurds, for instance, are likely to press for more autonomy than they have already, raising fears of splitting up the country.
While there is no question that the prospect of speeding up the departure of the US occupation forces in Iraq was a strong factor in getting out the vote, as Shiite mullahs had repeatedly told Iraqis, no government is likely to be in a hurry to actually ask the US troops to depart until Iraq's own army is better able to cope with the country's security.
However, some experts believe it likely that a Shiite-dominated government would want to agree on a time frame for US withdrawal to satisfy its constituency.
The departure of US troops is actually secondary to distancing Iraq from the Bush administration's democracy-at-any-price policies.
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