Iraq, The Democracy The Left Wouldn’t Back

Posted on Fri 03/05/2010 by

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By Andrew Bolt

Professor Fouad Ajami marvels at what has been wrought in Iraq, facing another general election on March 7:

The American project in Iraq has midwifed that rarest of creatures in the Greater Middle East: a government that emerges out of the consent of the governed. We should trust the Iraqis with their own history. That means letting their electoral process play out against the background of the Arab dynasties and autocracies, and of the Iranian theocracy next door that made a mockery out of its own national elections…

Of all that has been said about Iraq since the time that country became an American burden, nothing equals the stark formulation once offered by a diplomat not given to grandstanding and rhetorical flourishes. Said former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker: “In the end, what we leave behind and how we leave will be more important than how we came.”

We can already see the outline of what our labor has created: a representative government, a binational state of Arabs and Kurds, and a country that does not bend to the will of one man or one ruling clan.

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Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.