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Thursday, February 10, 2005
 
DEMOCRACY'S RIPPLE EFFECT

Following on the heels of Iraq's historic election.The House of Saud dips its toe into democratic waters.

A lot of the quotes in the article are heartwarming. We should remember however that this was in a) a major urban center b) the reporter spoke to a lot of people with advanced degrees and most likely to hold liberal views and speak English and c) the scope of the franchise and offices was severely restricted. Nevertheless, it's a good start and it is worthy of praise from the United States and Western countries. The al-Saud have been toying with this idea for several years but the positive outcome in Iraq certainly added an impetus by removing some of the likely objections of non-extremist Saudi conservatives.

On a personal note any further blogging today will have to wait until very late this evening. I am totally swamped with meetings and projects at work and a bombastic tantrum is probably in the offing.
 
Comments:
Technically speaking, the Saudi municipal elections have been planned for quite a while, but, yeah, they're a step forward.
 
Hi prak

True but part of the war of ideas aspect is giving credit where it is due. Moderate Muslims standing up to extremism and regimes engaging in real reform ( democratic or economic)need some kind of recognition from us( and least the kind that won't boomerang back at them).
 
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