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From Al Jazeera to The New York Times, the world bears witness to another defining day in the history of Afghanistan. It is not unimportant that Afghans flocked to the polls despite the real danger of being attacked. It is not unimportant that hundreds of Afghan women are on the ballot. It is not unimportant that two women are running for vice president. It is not unimportant that the United States of America not forget its roots.

There is always a huge price to pay in war, the ultimate price. People die. Many times innocent people. And so it was with Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for The Associated Press. If there can be any solace, it is that her work as a journalist helped illuminate and make real the story of Afghanistan. And, possibly, this journalism played a role in making elections in Afghanistan reality. She was forty-eight.

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