As a citizen of and believer in democracy, I applaud the efforts of Abdullah Abdullah . His efforts are similar to what former vice-president Al Gore should have done during the controversy surrounding the United States presidential election of 2000. Gore should have continued to protest regardless of the political risks until all the votes were counted in Florida. Instead, former president George W. Bush was appointed by the United States Supreme Court to effectively overturn the will of the people and look at what has happened to the United States in the last eight years.
Believe it or not, one thing that trumps capitalism and political correctness in the United States is the right to have one's vote counted. This is the foundation of which our democracy is built on. Abdullah should continue to defy the Taliban's threats made against voters during the runoff presidential campaign. It is critical that the people's vote be counted so that Afghan democracy can be preserved. It is not the reformist movement that is attempting to seize power but rather it is those currently in power who have engaged in fraud to prevent the will of the people from being heard. Why else would they stoop to such underhanded tactics to tamper with ballots? Why is a direct presidential election marked by violence? What is Hamid Karzai's real agenda?
Thankfully the United Nations has beeen allowed into Afghanistan to monitor the election up to and including forcing Karzai to agree to the runoff election. During the runoff election, let the call go forth among all citizens of Afghanistan that your brothers and sisters of democracy from all over the world are with you during every trial and tribulation you may encounter during this crisis. To the people of Afghanistan, the trumpet of freedom beckons you to rise in protest and ensure your vote to preserve your sacred heritage, promote your children's future and obtain the blessings of liberty we all cherish.
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