Just a quick aside today since I’m doing something I normally don’t do. I’m in DC today having some customer meetings and, as luck would have it, there’s a huge gap in the middle of the day. I intend to go grab some lunch soon, but it was a bit too early for that when I got out of the last meeting. So I dropped off at one of the many Starbucks in the city and managed to actually connect to their wireless getup so I could pull e-mails and whatnot from the company servers. It’s actually working pretty well. You’d think, as a network engineer, I would have done this many, many times before. Frankly, it’s my expertise that usually warns me off of connecting to “foreign” networks like these, but it was just such a novelty to actually have the time today.
I’m looking out at McPherson Square in DC right now and watching the bustle of the Nation’s Capitol. I’m thinking I need to go out and buy an inexpensive digital camera so I can take pix on days like these.
The average Iraqi is now able to pick up a copy of the proposed constitution they’ll be voting on next week. I sincerely wish them the best and hope they’ll all make the effort to be informed as to their decision. The ball truly in in their court at this point.
The recent abortive attempt to redefine the rules by which the constitution will be voted upon appears to have been worked out. For those who haven’t heard, there was a change made to require 2/3rds of all voters to defeat the constitution rather than a 2/3rds of votes cast, which would have been an impossibly high target to meet. On top of that, it would offer the opportunity for corruption in that simply keeping people from the polls would result in passage of the referendum. Extremely bad form and both the US and the UN said so, loudly. The Iraqi Parliament got the message and reversed itself so we’re back to the original rules.
The Sunni bloc there had threatened to boycott the elections if the rule hadn’t been changed. I understand their feelings, even though that action would have resulted in the referendum passing by a larger margin. Fortunately, we don’t have to witness that kind of thing – unless…
|::::::::||Sunni Arab leaders who had threatened a boycott because of the changes said they were satisfied with Wednesday’s reversal and are now mobilizing to defeat the charter at the polls. But some warned they could still call a boycott to protest major U.S. offensives launched over the past week in western Iraq, the Sunni heartland.||::::::::|
Know what? Go ahead. Call your boycott and stay away from the polls next week. That plan worked out so well for the Sunnis last time they tried it. And I wouldn’t be looking for the Shiites and the Kurds to be bending over backwards to be all inclusive for the Sunnis this time if a boycott is called. Those 2 groups are just as likely to say, effectively, “tough noogies” and wish the Sunnis better luck in the next election cycle. As well they should. If the Democrats decided en masse to simply boycott the 2006 elections and, as a result, lost seats in every legislature in the country, you think anyone here would suddenly consider the government non-binding? It’s not a requirement that citizens here vote in every election and if they choose to skip voting, then that’s their decision. They get to live with the results of the election whether they exercise their right to have their say or not. Unless I missed something, Iraqis are in the exact same boat.
I certainly want to see a large turnout and Iraqis make the decisions for their country. I don’t think a vocal minority should be dictating terms to everyone in the nation.