A Vote for Hope

Millions of Iraqis defy insurgent violence to strike a blow for democracy. But will one day of unity be enough to hold the country together?

Kids in the street.  Of all the improbable images from Iraq's historic election day, none captured the mood of the nation better than the sight of children flying out into the open. There have been times since the fall of Saddam Hussein when Iraq's cities have seemed childless, as parents have tried to shield their kids from kidnappers, gun battles and car bombs. And yet on Jan. 30, widely predicted to be the most dangerous day since the end of the war--so dangerous that the government banned vehicular traffic--the streets seemed to be overrun by children: playing soccer in the shadow...

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