Tuesday, March 29, 2005

You know what? Good for them.
On first glance, the news that Iraq's acting Speaker booted reporters from their session might seem like bad news, but I don't think it is. Of course, CNN does a great job by finding "a Western diplomat" to say it is. Here's their version: "During the session, an assembly member exhorted the body to take action, saying the world's attention is focused on the 275-member entity and the vote must be held as swiftly as possible.
At that point, the acting speaker kicked reporters out of the session and cut off the video feed from the convention center in the Green Zone, where the assembly is meeting. A Western diplomat watching the proceeding called the decision to cut the feed 'an embarrassment.'"

Of course, you have to remember that these people are trying to cobble together a brand new government in a country where just participating in the process can equate a death sentence.

In our own history, we have a similar case. You may remember that the authors of our Constitution did so in a closed session, so that they would be able to express (and change) their minds. You may also remember that, at that point in our history, they were under threat only of political death. These guys could be blown up on their way to work just for going to work, so maybe they don't want to make their opinions entirely public and, as a result, it's hard to get things done.

Closing the doors in a political session of this magnitude, while it could be "an embarrassment," could also just be a sign that these guys are getting serious about making progress. I have no problem with it, and I wish them luck in their efforts. If this begins to illustrate a pattern, maybe we'll have reason to be concerned—until that happens, there's no reason to jump to conclusions.

1 comment:

GaijinBiker said...

Agreed. As if we had a whole bunch of foreign reporters watching over our shoulders at the Constitutional Convention!