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Democracy In Iraq – You Can?t Always Get What You Want

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  • Democracy In Iraq – You Can?t Always Get What You Want

    The people of Iraq spoke and voted. Good voter turnout and a vigorous campaign with lots of competing points of view represented all bode well for Iraq’s fledgling democracy. But as we have learned numerous times, elections don’t always mean the best possible outcome for the United States. After all, the election wasn’t about us.

    *Following the Iraqi parliamentary elections, rival parties are already jockeying for position and Muqtada al-Sadr’s faction within the Iraqi National Alliance appears to be in a pivotal position to help form a coalition government based on a Shia-Kurd alliance. That’s potential bad news for us for a couple reasons. Al-Sadr doesn’t like pro-Western Prime Minister Nuri al-Malaki, he doesn’t like us, and he’s a religious fundamentalist anxious to move Iraq to the right and closer to Iran. If he starts calling the shots, look for an accelerate timetable for a US withdrawal and a less constructive relationship with the Iraqi government.

    *Assuming he gets his way, of course. The thing about democracy is you never know what tomorrow will bring.

    *Here’s a link to a good column on the behind-the-scenes power struggle.


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