Monday, June 07, 2004

CNN.com - U.N. envoy: Iraq will need help for some time: "Iraq's incoming government is 'generally found acceptable by the Iraqi people,' but it will need the world's assistance for some time to come, U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told the Security Council Monday."

I met with Congressman Chris Shays tonight, at the Fairfield Republican Town Committee meeting. He had an interesting point to make, based on a conversation he had with Condi Rice three days ago.

Basically, he pointed out that the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. After we won the Revolutionary War, we had the Articles of Confederation, which collapsed and almost led to the downfall of the fledgling country. in 1789 (13 years after the DofI for those who can't do the math), the Constitution was written. It took over a decade to create a government that could last. And from Condi, here's the kicker: at that point, after 13 years, when a strong government was finally designed, the woman who is now the National Security Adviser to the leader of the most powerful country in the world, could at best be considered to count as 3/5ths of a person.

My point is, any democracy in Iraq will take time. There will be compromises necessary. And a truly sustaining democratic government with full equality will take even more time, possibly even centuries. We're in for the long haul, and we need to be patient. But they can, and will take control of their own fate, and they will change the world.

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