Sunday, August 21, 2005

This kind of rhetoric is both untrue and unhelpful, no matter which side of the aisle it comes from.

Meanwhile, it looks increasingly like the Constitution may not be agreed upon by Monday, which will probably result in another deadline extension but could mean dissolution of the gov't and new elections. As others have pointed out, this might be a good thing. It looks like this time there would be full Sunni participation, which would give the next legislature (and the resultant next constitution) more legitimacy. There's also the fact secular Iraqis don't like what they're hearing from SCIRI, and may gravitate toward Allawi. Interestingly, Al-Sistani, whom we haven't heard much from lately, has quietly continued pushing against the idea of theocracy.

Above all, we should be happy that fractious democratic politics, not civil war, is what seems to be breaking out in Iraq.

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