Happened upon Noam Chomsky's (apparently discontinued) blog today, and amusingly enough the final entry reads:
July 29, 2004 ...permitting democracy in Iraq, even if the rhetoric were meant seriously by Washington and Western commentators, is hardly a likely prospect.
D'oh! As it turns out, even if the rhetoric from the world's premier anti-American linguist was meant seriously, Chomsky being dead wrong is hardly an unlikely prospect. No wonder he stopped blogging shortly after the interim gov't was formed, when elections began to look possible. I can only imagine his chagrin (is there a German word for shameful anti-joy? schadendammit, perhaps? Maybe Chomsky knows) at the sight of 8 million Iraqis triumphantly sticking their purple fingers in the eyes of his prediction on January 30th.
And today we hear news that Iraq’s constitution is 80% written, and a referendum is expected to be held on schedule. That’s gotta stick in ol’ Noamy’s craw; he’ll be 0-2, with 0-3 looming in the form of later parliamentary elections. But then, we’re talking about someone who practically ignored the fall of Communism, so I expect dismissing Iraq’s historic elections will be a fairly easy exercise in sophistry, relatively speaking.