Tuesday, February 01, 2005

The Iraqi Elections: Ripple Effect

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Here's an op-ed piece by Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former senior Middle East correspondent for the New York Times and energy editor of The Wall Street Journal who is now managing director of a political risk-assessment group. An excerpt:

Strange how one day's event can touch so many, even those outside Iraq. But it did not come from nowhere. To autocratic regional despots, the rush to vote by millions of trapped, terrorized and occupied Iraqis was a closure to tired arguments. The despots have never held an honest-to-God election, and now this embarrassing model sits there, across the border, in a major Arab nation.
As they say, read the whole thing.

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