Sunday, March 14, 2010

Salim Mansur on Iraq

Prof Mansur celebrates Iraqi dmeocracy, as do I. It is not a victory for bo, it is a victory for freedom and democracy.



Iraq stumbles toward democracy


By SALIM MANSUR, QMI Agency

Iraqis again showed how keenly they have taken possession of democracy when they voted on March 7 for their 325-member parliament.

In January 2005, Iraqis had voted with an insurgency raging and with Sunni Arabs, constituting nearly 20% of the population — Iraqi Kurds are Sunni and amount to another 20%, the rest make up the Shiite majority — staging a boycott of the election.

It was nevertheless a remarkable feat of defiance and courage by a people groping forward to take hold of freedom with dignity.

Five years later, for the second time more than 60% of the electorate, defying bombs and missiles, turned out to elect a government of their own.

Only hard-hearted cynics, and those lacking any historical perspective of Iraq and the region, will deride the significance of Iraqis voting together despite sectarian and ethnic differences.

This time around, the Sunni Arabs voted in large number as if to compensate for their folly in staging the 2005 boycott. They watched democracy slowly and painfully take root in the soil of their blood-soaked country for real, and learned they needed to be engaged in the process if they were to demand their share in government.

1 comment:

Jen said...

Salim Mansur on Iraq
Prof Mansur celebrates Iraqi dmeocracy, as do I. It is not a victory for bo, it is a victory for freedom and democracy.


That's true, and Roy, those people who walk by flying bullets to get to the polling booth dips his or her her finger in ink to verify that they have voted and is shot after by some snipper for doing so dies with DEMOCRACY painted on his or her forefinger.

Also, the iraqis got rid of Saddam's media to impliment their own democratic media.

We on the other hand still have the 'nightmare' media. Wonder which country is more democratic when it comes to the media: IRAQ or CANADA?
Answer: IRAQ.

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