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Good news in Afghanistan

Less than three years after the Taliban was routed, Afghanistan has held an democratic election. It hasn't been perfect -- Karzai's presidential opponents, sensing they were going to lose, have denounced the election over a technicality -- but turnout has been high and the feared violence has not occured.

Yahoo news photos of Afghan election

I'm concerned about this last-minute boycott, though. The clever tut-tutting people will latch onto this as justification to declare Afghanistan a failure, just as they have judged Iraq a failure. This defeatist, all-or-nothing thinking is too common amongst the opinion-setters of the media today, and if left unchallenged becomes the truth -- because hope gets abandoned. I hope for the sake of the people of Afghanistan that the mopes can put aside their despair and recognize and celebrate this achievement.

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