Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Vive La Constitution!

The Iraqi constitution, for all its flaws *, has been passed overwhelmingly.

Harry posts here, here and here.
the struggle is not yet over. It is likely that the 'resistance' will respond to this with another round of attacks and the young democratic state, still lacking experienced defensive forces will continue to need the fraternal assistance of friendly outside forces. Renewed terrorism will be portrayed in the media as some sort of sign that the constitution has 'failed to end the violence' despite the fact that no-one expects the referendum to result in the surrender of the counter-revolutionaries. Revolutions almost always face violent counter-revolution and the consolidation of the state will take time. How long the international military presence should remain in Iraq is of course related to that consolidation but is a question for the Iraqi political process to answer.
The specific form of Iraqi democracy remains open and the secular forces will need all the help they can get.

Help Iraq1.

1That is a reference to Kathe Kollwitz's 1921 etching of "Help Russia" owned by the splendid Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, UK. See it here.

*This phrase was originally suffering from an apostrofly attack.

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