I witnessed a historical moment in Washington when I first learnt of Obama’s victory. I joined the crowed of victorious young and old on the streets of America’s capital that night, somehow with confusing feelings. I say confused because I felt so proud to be in America when it happened, but I was unsure whether I should also be happy with what he would do in Afghanistan. I had just – that same day – seen the shocking pictures of women and children injured by a US coalition-forces bombardment in Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province. Would Obama be able to stop such atrocities? Would he be able to fight the war against terrorism with the social and economic means to oppose the military means?You can read the rest of Orzala reflections here.
My several videos from the night Obama won the election have accumulated over thirty thousand views on YouTube. One video viewer commented:
No one from the media broadcast videos like this. The people being so excited about the election reminded me of videos that Americans would see from other countries.In case you missed them -- or just feel like being cheered up -- here is one of the videos: