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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

12/16/2004

Democracy in Action

Iraq's defense minister, an ally of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, blasted the leading Shiite Muslim slate as "an Iranian list." He was referring to a slate of candidates backed by Iraq's most revered cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and expected to dominate the Jan. 30 parliamentary election. The Shiite slate is likely to pose the most serious challenge to the list assembled by Allawi.

"They (Iranians) are fighting us because we want to build freedom and democracy and they want to build an Islamic dictatorship and have turbaned clerics rule in Iraq," the defense minister, Hazem Shaalan, said at a news conference in Baghdad. He went on to repeat accusations that Iran and Syria are financing and training Iraqi insurgents.
seattle times
The Seattle Times heads this item "Mud flies as Iraqis kick off campaign". Well, yes. Democracy works when one party feels free to attack another. the cult of the "nice" does not suggest a healthy democracy or a safe process.

I wonder, by the way, what would happen if a Canadian politician referred to "turbaned clerics"...