January 31, 2005

"THINK IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE":

Iraqi Election May Affect Middle East (SAM F. GHATTAS, 1/31/05, Associated Press)

Iraq's election, however imperfect, could increase pressure on other authoritarian Arab countries to begin political reforms and hold free balloting.

"The Americans were able to hold elections in Iraq and that made them much more comfortable in carrying on with their policies in the Middle East," said Lebanese political analyst Ali Hamadeh. "They showed everybody that you can carry on with an electoral process even when you have security problems."

Hamadeh said the message of the election is that if Iraq could carry out "an all-weather democratic process" there is no excuse for other countries not to reform.

Many are feeling the pressure at least to make a show of democratic reform, and 2005 is shaping up to be the year of Middle East elections...


Don't you wish you had a dollar for every Realist who scoffed at the notion that Iraq would set the dominoes tumbling.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2005 8:12 PM
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> Don't you wish you had a dollar for every Realist who scoffed at the notion that Iraq would set the dominoes tumbling.

For any potential benefactors cringing at the expense: I'll settle for a penny a Realist, and you can even limit it to American citizens.

Posted by: Guy T. at January 31, 2005 9:20 PM
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