Iraq vote: tragedy
Unlike many who remain suspicious of some election results, Juan Cole focuses on the fact that Sunnis largely voted against the constitution yet not in great enough numbers, apparently, to veto it.
A sizable chunk of a nation disenchanted with the founding document is not what you call a hot start.
This passage struck me for its force and clarity:
"The Washington spinmeisters who are trying to say that the mere fact of the Sunnis voting is a good thing, even if they voted against the constitution, do no know what they are talking about. Political participation is not always a positive thing. The Nazis after all were elected to the Reichstag. And Serbs consistently voted for Milosevic and other ultra-nationalists. Nobody in Washington thought it positive that Iranian hardliners came out in some numbers to vote for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Some elections are tragedies for a nation. This constitutional referendum was one of them."(Informed Comment)
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