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.