Saturday, November 6, 2010

Crossing My Fingers

Guinea is holding presidential runoff elections tomorrow. They've been delayed several times already, but it looks like this time they may actually go forward. If everything goes well the elections will result in Guinea's first democratically elected government since achieving independence in 1958. If things go poorly any number of unpleasant things may happen, up to and including an ethnic-based civil war.

I'm rooting for peace and democracy of course. Mostly because these are generally to be preferred to misery and destruction, partly because my boss tells me to (see Joint U.S.-France Statement on Guinea Elections), but also, selfishly, because I personally would rather spend two years of my life in a shaky but hopeful fledgling democracy than a war zone. But that's just me.

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