Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Good demographic analysis of the Iraqi election...

Patrick Ruffini has some great analysis and an excellent map of the Iraqi election returns here.

One interesting tidbit he noticed:

Belying the image of a restive population electing anti-American leaders, the Allawi bloc actually did best in the regions where the insurgency ran strongest, picking up nearly 25% in Baghdad, 21% in Karbala, and an outright win with 38% among the brave few who turned out in Anbar province. In rural precincts where the U.S. presence was more distant, the Shia felt more free to vote their religion.

All in all, it will be an interesting new day for Iraq, and no matter what the doomsayers say, it is the Iraqis right to choose that matters.

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