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I've got to say, I'm heartened by the protests of Iraqis for direct democracy, as opposed to an appointed interim government:

Monday's protest saw thousands upon thousands of Iraqis marching through the capital, many clasping each other's hands above their heads, to demand full general elections.

Democracy is what we said we fought for; it's what many Iraqis are saying they want; and so we should work to help them achieve it. I don't think it's too soon for Iraqis to begin electing their own officials, but they do need an Iraqi Constitution in place before that happens.

Why? Because a truly humane democratic state isn't just about electing by majority. It's equally important to protect the rights of minorities of all types. This was one of the ideals that was originally stated in our own Constitution, but hypocritically not implemented for well over a century.

But I don't understand why it would take that long to hold a constitutional convention in Iraq and draft a working document. There are dozens of decent models in the world today to base such a framework upon.

So personally I'd like to see us and the Iraqi Governing Council stop dragging our damned heels on getting a constitution drafted, one that includes a balance of power, the protection of basic human rights, and recognizes pluralistic ideals.

Then give them their vote as soon as possible.

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