Those who forget history

I have heavily edited this passage, but if you aren’t already familiar with it, you owe it to yourself to click here to read the unedited original. You may be amazed*.

“United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in (the) presidential election despite a …terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting.

According to reports from (the capital), 83 per cent of the … registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the (rebels).

The size of the popular vote and the inability of the (insurgents) to destroy the election machinery were the two salient facts in a preliminary assessment of the nation election based on the incomplete returns reaching here.

Pending more detailed reports, neither the State Department nor the White House would comment on the balloting…

A successful election has long been seen as the keystone in (the) President…’s policy of encouraging the growth of constitutional processes… The election was the culmination of a constitutional development that began (fifteen months earlier), to which (the) President … gave his personal commitment when he met… the chief of state… in February.

The purpose of the voting was to give legitimacy to the …Government, which has been founded only on coups and power plays…” [thanks, walker]

*(or at least nostalgic)