More from our man in the Iraqi capital, John Connly Walsh:
It is early Sunday morning in Baghdad. The Referendum took place yesterday and all the Iraqis I know are immensely proud of both the turnout, and the peaceful way it was conducted. My friend Ferras said to me this morning: “I hope George Bush is as proud of us as I am — and I hope he TELLS us that!”
It is still very peaceful here this Sunday morning. However, jets have been roaring overhead non-stop all morning. They are always so high that I can’t see them and, for some reason, they rarely leave contrails here. The direction of the sound makes it clear the planes are headed west. That is not surprising since that is the location of Anbar province and the Syrian border….
UPDATE: (6:08 p.m.) And now, a Sunday afternoon entry from John Walsh:
I am home from the Blue Star and have learned nothing new except that they make a very nice chicken filet. There was very relaxed crowd there and they all seemed to enjoy the evening out under a full moon in weather that is starting to become pleasantly balmy. The silence all over Baghdad, however, is still deafening. It is as if all the terrorists had suddenly been whisked away on a flying saucer by spacemen. Everyone seems genuinely puzzled by the quiet and, without fail, everyone spoke of waiting for another shoe to drop….
I spoke to a several strangers at the Blue Star. I asked if they had voted and most said they had. I asked them to guess the outcome. Without exception they all said the Constitution will pass….
Read it all here, already posted for Monday.