Sunday, July 13, 2003

Iraq's new 30-member governing council has had its first meeting. This is an important step which gives actual Iraqis a voice in governing their country, regardless of how they were selected. If this group can win legitimacy, it will go a long way toward helping to stabilize Iraq. One thing that concerns me, however, is the groups composition. There are 14 Shi'ite Arabs, but only 4 Sunni Arabs. The latter figure sounds like its quite a bit below their actual share of the population, and taken with the fact that the Sunni Arabs have dominated the country points to the reason the U.S. is encountering such strong resistance in the so-called "Sunni Triangle."


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