January 31, 2005

iraqis got sand

man, those voters in iraq have got sand. after weeks of violence, threats targeted directly at the election process, suicide bombings on the day of the election (CNN reported that one polling station was attacked by a suicide bomb in the morning but folks were back voting in the afternoon), they still turned out in the millions. that's like a resounding "up yours" to the terrorists. this is truly admirable.

and i used to hem and haw over bad traffic/bad weather on election day.

interesting contrast between the "international" coverage by CNN and BBC. CNN laid it on pretty thick with a special report full of their big gun reporters (i guess it was also for the US as well, they had some domestic anchor leading the show, she led into each story with some kind of smarmy/trivializing line, rankled me no end). BBC had some iraqi election coverage (one reporter was parading around empty streets thumping on his flak jacket--like we couldn't see the darned thing against his light colored shirt) but then switched to covering the michael jackson trial. oh my.

ps: "got sand" is an old western (as in cowboy) slang meaning to have guts, courage, or toughness.

2 Comments:

At 1/31/2005 9:34 PM, Blogger gandalf said...

I think its awesome too! coverage is all over the place. its a wonderful thing that just happend in my humble opinion! indeed - they do have guts!

 
At 2/01/2005 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It might be that the people there are significantly more courageous than people elsewhere. Or it might be that the situation in Iraq was actually quite different from what we were instructed to believe...?

 

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