Democracy is terrifying to many people who haven’t had it, as is evidenced by the announcement I have just heard on CNN — that Sunni parties are pulling out of the forthcoming election. Reason given: security. Probable real reason: fear of losing. Is this a negotiating ploy for guarantees? I wouldn’t doubt it, but time will tell. (Of course, for CNN, it was an opportunity to cry “American failure.” But we all know their position.)
Meanwhile, for genuine reporting for Iraq that isn’t superficial, try the Mudville Gazette.