Iraqis deserve expectation that they'll succeed

Iraq's election Jan. 30 did more than testify to the manifest courage of a long-oppressed and still-beleaguered people. It also discredited smug observations from outside of Iraq that some people just aren't suited for self-governance.That such pessimism came, at least before the election, from individuals in the US and other democratically governed countries is regrettable.Democracy derives from a transcendent right of people—all people—to be free, which democratically governed people believe to be the natural condition of humanity.The assertion by free people that certain other people can't govern themselves is, therefore, a severe condemnation. It's tantamou...

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