November 27, 2004

The next election on the horizon...

British writer Quentin Langley has a piece on 10 reasons elections in Iraq will succeed. They look about right to me. Including something I hadn't thought of:

7. The electoral system chosen (national lists) is not particularly vulnerable to intimidation. Votes are counted locally but the totals are calculated nationally, and seats in parliament are awarded in proportion to votes. A gang that intimidates voters locally will have almost no impact on the national vote.

I had thought that "national list" system was wrong-headed, but it makes sense in this context. And of course, this election is only for one year, for writing the new constitution...

We can guarantee that during this time, while the fighting is at its worst, the faint hearts and pessimists - the French and German governments; the U.N.; the Democrats; CNN and CBS - will tell us that the effort is doomed. They will say that the Iraqi elections will be a flop, turnout will be low, and that Saddam's supporters will likely come back to power. They will also tell us that only American soldiers are getting killed, with no reference to the brave Iraqis fighting to take their country back from the terrorists. Here are the top 10 reasons why they are wrong....

They are not "faint-hearted and pessimistic," they are on the other side. But maybe our "Democrats" will surprise me this time, and support democracy. With enthusiasm. And consider it something worth fighting for, and worth putting aside partisan advantage for. Ha ha, just kidding. Never happen...

Posted by John Weidner at November 27, 2004 10:16 AM
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