Wednesday, March 16, 2005

A Little Bit of Perspective

Seriously, I wasn't going to post about this... I really never meant for this to be a political blog, or a commentary on Dubya's War on Iraq... and I'm really happy that the people of Iraq are starting to get their legs under them... but the parliamentary session today is what it is... and no more.
The election at the end of January was a milestone in the development of a new Iraq, but democratic? To the extent that voting for the republican ticket in 1800 without knowing if you were going to get Thomas Jefferson or Aaron Burr for President would have been democratic I suppose it was democratic. Can you imagine voting Republican in 2004 thinking John McCain and getting Dubya?
What we have in Baghdad today is a parliament... an interim body that's more a constitutional convention than a legislative body... still without a President and without a Prime Minister. It's a step toward the eventual restoration of Iraqi sovereignty. We'll see how long it takes us to end our occupation.

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