Tuesday, January 18, 2005

...same as the old boss, Iraq version

WorldNetDaily: While Iraq is making provision for Iraqi exiles in more than 14 countries to vote in the Jan. 30 election, some 90,000 Jews who fled Iraq for Israel will be excluded from participating.

That's the word from Iraqi officials who say the exclusion is due to the fact that the newly liberated nation still does not recognize the Jewish state.

This is not encouraging. I recall a comment from a co-worker that this little exercise in nation building is bound to fail because Arab societies lack an appreciation for democracy and human rights. At the moment I can't think of a rebuttal.