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  •  Oy, what a reduction to absurdity (none)
    Do I think people shouldn't read Juan Cole?  
    I don't think that.  

    Do you think that the fact that Shiites "have never run anything" is a reason to exclude them from running anything?  It certainly would make decisions on government much easier.  You could do away with elections.

    But I don't think that. I think that the Voting Rights Act has been an amazing success.  I think that bringing the Shia into government is likely to succeed.  I'm not at all alarmed at the replacement of a corrupt class of governing people which depended on a vicious intelligence service to keep itself in power with a group of people who are not quite amateurs, because many of them are the ones who have been mayors and deputy mayors and governors for the last 18 months.

    •  Huh? (none)
      I thought that the comparison with voting rights in the US was an effort to make an argument out of something I'm not arguing about.

      My take on Juan Cole's point about the Shia-Arabs never having run anything is that the fact they will now be running Iraq is a wild card.  

      We're told (by the government and the TV media) that we should be happy and proud about these elections but who in their right mind would bet anything of value that even just ten years whatever situation in Iraq that will be seen as the inevitable result of these elections is something we'll be happy and proud about?  

      America will be responsible for that situation 10 years down the road.

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