Iraqi democracy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It sounds odd to say it, but democracy in Iraq has become, well, old news. In January, when the country held its first democratic election, the world watched in eager anticipation, then celebrated over images of cheering Iraqis with ink-stained fingers. But that wasn’t so much the case Saturday, when Iraqi voters apparently did what most experts expected, peacefully approving a new constitution. Still, just because we’re now used to seeing Iraqis vote doesn’t make it less remarkable. Sunni turnout was higher than in January, and there were far fewer terrorist attacks. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the Iraqi people can defend their country and avert civil war. But for all that’s gone on in Iraq, it’s heartening to see that American blood has helped to move that country closer to becoming a self-sustaining democracy and – we can only hope – to bring that troubled part of the world closer to peace.last_img

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