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Sunday, January 30, 2005

"Imposing" democracy?

I spent a nervous weekend worrying about the Iraqi elections, hoping that the electorate would show their contempt for the enemies of democracy by turning out in force, regardless of personal risk. The provisional turnout is 72%, rather higher than the US or UK can muster in national elections, so it seems that those who have claimed that democracy was being "imposed" on a people who had no interest in determining their own government have been exposed as fantasists, completely out of touch with Iraqi opinion.

Strangely, the only support for Mr Bush that I came across all weekend was from a charming young Iranian working in this country who I have met a couple of times. He hopes that a functioning democracy over the border from Iran will prove a great encouragement to the Iranian population who have had enough of theocracy. Other despots in the region will also be looking over their shoulders.

Meanwhile I share the joy of Omar and Mohammed at Iraq the Model, and wish Iraqis peaceful self-determination.

1 Comments:

At 30 January 2005 at 20:17, Blogger Jorgen said...

Amen to that!

 

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