Thursday, May 20, 2004

Iraqi Sovereignty

Great column by Andrew Peyton Thomas on National Review Online. Like any good essay, his conclusion explains the most cogent point:

"The Iraqi people, fully sovereign, will make this decision in the coming months, and if Iraqis do wish to throw away this epochal opportunity for self-government, we cannot force them to be free. If a majority of Iraqis consciously reject democratic traditions, there will be nothing left for us to do but leave them to their own devices and confine our efforts there to our own national self-protection. But rare is the nation that has rejected democracy when given a legitimate chance to opt in. In the meantime, as the inevitable chorus of 'give peace a chance' grows louder on the antiwar left, these activists should rather see the unique and historic power-sharing arrangement we have brought to Iraq as suggesting the far better imperative of giving democracy a chance."

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