Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Bring Back Saddam!

Today's Boston Globe reverses an old slogan by making defeatist lemons out of lemonade; the lemonade in this case being the successful Iraqi election. A page 1 Globe story warns darkly that (!) voters in Iraq have split along religious lines. Here is the bad news:
The initial results suggest that a government that was heavily secular and nationalist under Hussein will become far more religious and sectarian in character, with Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim parties dominant, raising the chances of sectarian tension for years to come.
Shi’ites and Sunnis and Baathists – OH MY! These democratic processes certainly are messy and risky, aren’t they!

I guess the Globe longs instead for the good old days of ‘secularists’ like Saddam, when there was absolutely no uncertainty about how elections would turn out. This just goes to show that those primitive Iraqis are not as well suited for democratic government the way we enlightened Massachusetts Yankees are. Yes indeed! Our elections are certainly not marked by religious voting patterns, and there is never a sign of sectarian tension among our election losers. Those poor primitive Iraqis.

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