The elections in Afghanistan are about ready to begin. That faraway land is bravely attempting to elect leaders in the midst of war and attacks by the Taliban — who want nothing more than to intimidate voters into staying away from the polls and thereby failing to participate in democratic processes. This BBC story provides a good round-up.
Whether the country will be able to have a credible election under the circumstances is one of the questions that has to be answered. Still, you have to root for the underdog, and the underdog here is a fledgling democracy trying to get voting and democratic principles to take root in the face of enormous cultural, political, and military challenges. Good luck, Afghan friends!
Update: The voting begins.