The official results are in… and the people of Iraq have a new constitution.
As I mentioned in earlier posts, two Sunni provinces voted overwhelmingly against the charter… but the required 2/3 in a third province was not achieved. That said, the UN and other international observers has indicated that all the voting was free and fair and without problem… so the results must be taken as they are. And that’s great.
This is a good day for Iraq. AFter everything that Iraqis have been through I think this… along with the election last January are nothing by GOOD things…. as will the coming elections in December.
There is still plenty going wrong in Iraq though… security being the main problem. As I’ve said before, without a feeling of day-to-day security and well being, these good steps taken by Iraqis at the polls will potentially be wasted. I of course hope that isn’t the case, but at this point no one knows. The simple act of voting in a referendum or election does not bring peace and stability. That requires far more.
One element of this referendum that I think *could* have a positive effect on the security of the country is the fact that Sunnis voted in massive numbers. Hopefully this is a rejection of violence as much as an accepance of the political process.
Only time will tell though.. and of course there are others in the insurgency that would work to dismantle any progress being made.
Today is a good day in Iraq. Be happy. Share your happiness. I think we’ll need it to get us through the next few weeks, months and years.