My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Making It Work

Ibrahim Jafari, a Shiite politician and former exile who battled Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, was named prime minister of Iraq Thursday after two months of old-fashioned political haggling.

Jafari's appointment to the country's most powerful job followed the swearing in of Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani to the post of president, designed to be largely ceremonial under Iraq's interim set of laws. A council composed of Talabani and two vice presidents then invited Jafari to form a government.

The formal beginning of a new democratically elected government was yet another landmark for this war-weary nation. Voters chose a national assembly in January, which paved the way for the naming of the leaders of government which, in turn, is to pave the way for a new constitution and another election next December.

As the inexorable movement of a people away from repression towards self-determination gains momentum in Iraq, we should continue to pray and to effort that the fire lit there will spread to Iran, Syria, and throughout that war-ravaged region.

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