Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Iraq's New Government

How cool is this? From the New York Times:

"After being named president of Iraq today, one of Saddam Hussein's staunchest opponents urged the diverse national assembly that appointed him to move past sectarian and ethnic differences.

"Mr. Hussein watched the announcement on a television set outside his jail cell, a senior Iraqi official said.

"The new president, Jalal Talabani, 72, was the first Kurd to take the office in the history of modern Iraq, and his appointment brought the minority Kurds out into streets in celebrations across the country."

Following up on the good news straight out of Baghdad is Omar at IraqTheModel, who offers some perspective on what some Western observers said would become a political Vietnam:

"Some people are skeptical about the capacity of the new National Assembly to monitor and guide the democratic change in Iraq because they think the Assembly's meetings are chaotic and disorganized but what I see is fruitful and free dialogues that were absolutely impossible two years ago under the rule of the one and only glorious leader.

"Our democracy is not perfect, I know that and our politicians still have a lot to learn and I know that too but what I care about and what really counts here is that freedom of speech and freedom of criticism is granted for the members of the Assembly who are the representatives of the people.

"It will probably take years before security stops being a concern and probably more than that before electricity becomes normal but you know what? I don't care much about that because my freedom is worth much more than all these things and freedom is the key to achieve unlimited progress and we have this key now."

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