Tuesday, January 11, 2005


President Bush's plan for a democratic Iraq could falter in that nation's first election on Jan. 30. Many of the minority Arab Sunnis plan not to vote. That could mean at least 10 to 20 percent of voters won't cast a ballot, raising doubts about the election's legitimacy and setting back Mr. Bush's hopes for a democratic Middle East that forsakes terrorism. [...] The Sunnis are making a mistake. It's far better to put their nose in this tent than leave it out. Election boycotts rarely work, especially in elections that establish a whole new government. (Christian Science Monitor)

Mustafa Malik of The Daily Star [Lebanon]: Iraq's elections and the paradoxes of Arab reform.

Sonia Chopra of India Daily: Iraq elections still uncertain - a major challenge.

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