Saturday, December 10, 2005

Iraqis Are Like Us

There's a view that the Iraqis (and other Muslims) are incapable of mastering the complexities of democracy, so are condemned to be ruled by dictators. The evidence suggest otherwise - the destruction of al Queda is proceeding apace through the active involvement of the Iraqi people. That's because Iraqis are just like us - they don't like murderous thugs. They're about to get their first proper government and they've earned it.

The Butcher:

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraqi citizens turned over a high-ranking Al Qaeda member known as "the Butcher" to U.S. forces in Ramadi Friday a military statement said.

Amir Khalaf Fanus was No. 3 on the 28th Infantry Division's High Value Individual list for Ramadi, wanted for murder and kidnapping in connection with his affiliation with Al Qaeda in Iraq.

"He is the highest ranking Al Qaeda in Iraq member to be turned into Iraqi and U.S. officials by local citizens," Capt. Jeffrey S. Pool said in a statement released from Camp Blue Diamond in Ramadi. "His capture is another indication that the local citizens tire of the insurgents' presence within their community."

On December 15th, Iraqis elect their first permanent 275-member National Assembly.

To expand on a comment on a previous post, we should not expect this new body to be as un-corrupt as Congress or the Houses of Parliament (no laughing at the back). But there's no reason why it can't be at least as honest as the governments of the low trust states of the EU, Louisiana, Greece and Spain, which in spite of their many defects are not murderous dictatorships.