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June 7, 2004
More Success For Interim Iraqi Gov't, CPA

Iyad Allawi, the new Iraqi Prime Minister, announced this morning that the new interim government has reached agreement with most of the organized insurgencies to disband and return to civilian life:

Nine of Iraq's major militias have agreed to disband, the country's interim prime minister said Monday, but the deal does not cover radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's militia.

"I am happy to announce today the successful completion of negotiations on the nationwide transition and reintegration of militias and other armed forces previously outside of state control," Iyad Allawi said in a statement.

Well, it's amazing how unsuccessful this transition has been, isn't it? And doesn't it seem that democracy has a lot more attraction for Iraqis than it does to certain elements of the American political scene? As CNN put it yesterday, the Iraqis took control of their government and since then good things keep happening. All that the Iraqis want is to control their own destiny, now and in the future, and that doesn't mean ceding control to a strongman with the biggest militia. It means establishing and supporting a representative government, of by and for Iraqis.

What a shame some politicians here don't seem to value democracy as an end result in Iraq the way Iraqis do.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 7, 2004 5:58 AM

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