January 30th, 2005


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Some interesting commentary here.


Belmont Club tends to be a good source for on-the-ground information as well as strategic and tactical analysis on Iraq issues.

(Scroll down for discussion of Michael Moore rewriting George Orwell to suit Moore's ends.)

Regarding lower Sunni turnout; not withstanding the higher rates of intimidation among this group comprising the former ruling elite,
James Taranto makes an excellent point.

Still, let's say the worst happens and a combination of terrorism and boycotts succeeds in keeping all but a few Sunni Arabs away from the polls. Would that really make the election illegitimate? Before you answer, consider a thought experiment: Suppose that, when South Africa held its first postapartheid election in 1994, Afrikaner turnout had been depressed by similar measures. Would that have made the enfranchisement of a long-oppressed majority any less a cause for celebration?