Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Meanwhile, back in Iraq...

As the U.S. and much of the world fret over the financial market meltdown, Iraq approved a new law paving the way for provincial elections. The last provincial elections were boycotted by most Sunni and some Shiite. The boycott left the majority government control in the hands of Shiite religious parties and Kurds.

The legislation had been held up over disputes over control of Kirkuk and the oil resources in Kurdistan. The breakthrough came when the legislators agreed to postpone the decision of how to incorporate the semi-autonomous Kurdish area claimed by Arabs, Turkomen and Kurds. The parliamentarians also agreed to work within the framework of the Iraqi Constitution which proved to be the deal maker. "Every side had fears but these fears have disappeared after the inclusion of legal guarantees," said Kurdish legislator Khalid Shewani. "We thank God that we reached this agreement."

Equally important and meeting a U.S. goal, the law separates mosque and state. This is a major development and break with Islamic doctrine. Islam is not just a religion, but an entire social and religious system in which personal and public life of individuals and the state are inextricably knotted together. The use of religious authorities, mosques, and governmental agencies and institutions is forbidden under the new agreed upon law.

This is all very good news out of Iraq and it is being lost in our own overblown worries about the value of our overpriced investments, possessions, and ill prepared retirement plans.

Update 9-25/08:
Thursday Investor's Business Daily, Meanwhile in Iraq, Posted Thursday, September 25, 2008 4:20 AM PT

Good news is no news these days, especially when it comes from Iraq. So you might have missed the story about the political breakthrough in the Iraqi parliament, which approved legislation to hold a new round of provincial elections early next year.

Now most of the Sunnis have turned against violence, cast their lot with the democratic process and are ready to take a larger role in the national life. "The coming elections will change the Iraqi political map," said one Sunni lawmaker.

This is the key point: They will change the map peacefully — not through car bombs, but through the ballot box.

Dare we say that democracy is advancing in Iraq? And isn't this a shining example of the "reconciliation" that Barack Obama, among others, still claims to be waiting for?

Obama admitted earlier this month that President Bush's troop surge had succeeded "beyond our wildest dreams" in reducing violence. But he insisted that it had yet to produce the desired political dividends.
I had the news from Yahoo a day earlier and IBD sorta stole my title, but I'll let it slide ... this time.

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1 comment:

Marie's Two Cents said...

Oh this is great!
Thank's for the update on Iraq :-)