"The consciousness of good intentions disdains ambiguity. I shall not, however, multiply professions on this head. My motives must remain in the depository of my own breast. My arguments will be open to all, and may be judged of by all. They shall at least be offered in a spirit which will not disgrace the cause of truth."
-'Publius' The Federalist No. 1
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's landmark constitutional was adopted by a majority of voters during the country's Oct. 15 referendum, election officials said Tuesday. Results released by the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq showed that Sunni Arabs, who had sharply opposed the draft document, failed to produce the two-thirds "no" vote they would have needed in at least three of Iraq's 18 provinces to defeat it. The commission, which had been auditing the referendum results for 10 days, said at a news conference in Baghdad that Ninevah province, had produced a "no" vote of only 55 percent. Only two other mostly Sunni Arab provinces - Salahuddin and Anbar - had voted no by two-thirds or more. The constitution, which many Kurds and majority Shiites strongly support, is considered another major step in the country's democratic transformation, clearing the way for the election of a new Iraqi parliament on Dec. 15. Such steps are considered important in any decision about the future withdrawal of U.S.-led forces from Iraq.
The Iraqis have become the first Arab nation to formally adopt a constitution which invokes the fundamental ideals of democracy. All in all, what has come about through this process is remarkable when one considers what is in store for this re-birthed nation. This nation endured the reign of terror under one of the most heinous despots this planet has ever known, but through the aid of the United States, Iraq has not lost focus on its goals of becoming a shining example in a region known for its turmoil and strife. Much like the United States when we embarked on our own experiment just 200 odd years ago; much of the world has similar doubts and similar criticisms of Iraq's prospects for the future.
It should not be forgotten that such ne'er do-well rhetoric and criticism was said about us when we shed the 'inescapable' bounds of British tyranny. We embarked on our own journey even though such a dream had not been contemplated by any other people. Yet, we have endured and we have prospered with an ambition unparalleled before or since. Herein is where the parallels exist, for the Iraqi people must cope with being the only Arab nation attempting such a noble endeavor. Their neighbors only await their demise with glee and gnashing of teeth at every sign of weakness. However, just as Americans have become the beacon of freedom for the world over, the Iraqis will become the beacon of freedom for the Middle East. Their remarkable achievement is but one more milestone crossed in a long journey. Captain's Quarters labels states the terrorists were'repudiated.' Conservative Outpost wants to discuss the'good news.' A Conservative's Corner calls it a'true victory.' RightPundit says that democracy is'marching on.' Running Scared'really could care less.' The Bernoulli Effect discusses theMSM's reaction. The Jawa Report calls it'another milestone.' Don Singleton wishes the Iraqi people thebest of luck in December. The Strata-Sphere discusses who is on'permanent ignore.' hubs and spokes reports on the'good news.'