These three types of people started voting yesterday. I have already seen a few purple index fingers. The usual increase in attacks has been taking place over the past week or two. The arhabiyin (plural - thanks to an e-mailed correction from a nice Dutch lady) always try to get in their last shots before we shut down the streets and the borders. It is the same stuff; IED's, a few mortars or rockets, and a sprinkling of small arms fire. The thing the shooting attacks have in common as opposed to the exploding attacks is really poor aim. The arhabiyin are lousy shooters, except for the occasional foreign-trained sniper. The other thing they can't seem to do is come up with an alternative to democracy for the Iraqi people other than more suffering death and destruction. As for us, the polling centers in our sectors are all ready to go and balloting materials are in place. It's almost time to give the arhabiyin the purple finger again.