Democracy Comes to Iraq

From Holden:

I almost lost my lunch while at luch today when I saw MSNBC is planning all-day coverage of the election in Iraq this coming Sunday. They are calling their special coverage “Democracy Comes to Iraq”. I’m wondering how they will know that Democracy has Come to Iraq holed up in their hotel rooms. No one seriously believes that any Western reporters will be out and about that day.

And when Democracy Comes to Iraq, where will it land?

South of Baghdad, insurgents dynamited a polling station near Hilla in the predominantly Shiite province of Babil, police said. Attackers blew up a school used as a voting centre in the town of Albu Alwan, said policeman Moahmmed al-Ghanem.

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One good thing about the mess Georgie has made out of Iraq: Iraq now serves as a pressure relief valve for Saudi jihadism.

Fundamentalist Islamic leaders in Saudi Arabia are telling militants intent on fighting “infidels” to join the insurgency in Iraq instead of taking up Osama bin Laden’s call to oust the Saudi royal family at home, say Saudi dissidents who monitor theological edicts coming out of the kingdom.

Iraq as a battleground offers the solution to a quandary facing the Saudi clerics who have to both placate the kingdom’s rulers and keep their radical base happy.

“If they preach that there ought to be absolutely no jihad, they would lose credibility and support among their followers. So what they do is preach jihad – not in Saudi Arabia, but in Iraq,” said Abdul-Aziz Khamis, a Saudi human rights activist in London.

“To them, Iraq is the answer to their dilemma.”

Finally, it has been reported for months that the highway connecting Baghdad with the Baghdad International Airport is much too dangerous for most folks to travel. Now it seems that the airport itself is becoming too dangerous for planes.

Heavy fighting outside Baghdad International Airport prevented two Jordanian passenger planes from landing Monday, the airline spokesman said.

Royal Jordanian’s planes made quick turns over Baghdad, where the airport’s control tower denied the aircraft permission to land because of heavy fighting nearby, a spokesman said on condition of anonymity.