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11/26/2004

 

Delaying Ira's Elections


A collection of groups of Iraq politicians are demanding that elections be held in eight months instead of two.

A delay, of course, would be a victory for the mutant opposition, and it is not clear how much cleaning can be done in the six extra months. They should ask the Iraqi government. Another reason given for the delay request is to give negotiators time to talk the Sunnis away from a boycott. Again, it's unclear what could be done eight months which could not be done in two.

It is too late for the United States to impose martial law, and such a move at the beginning, though it would have let Iraq avoid the current situation, was diplomatically impossible.

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