DON'T POSTPONE THE ELECTION
Jim Hoagland writes
in the Washington Post that the election in Iraq must be held at January 30th, even though the situation
isn't optimal. I agree. It is true that the election turnout in the Sunni dominated areas of the country
probably won't be even close to as high as one would wish, but that can't be helped. The situation will
hardly improve if the election was postponed - in fact it would likely get worse as the terrorists feel
that they've won one battle.
Another Washington Post columnist,
Charles Krauthammer, argues as cleverly as usual, that an election in which 80 per cent of the population
can participate, should still be considered legitimate. In fact, considering the circumstances, it would
still be a good start on Iraq's long road to democracy. And long it is, with many hardships surely waiting
on the way, but it is imperative that they walk it and the rewards are well worth the trouble.