ARAB PRESS MESMERIZED BY IRAQI VOTE
The Arab media like the Western media has lost credibility. Their dismissal of the importance of the vote no longer sounds real even to themselves. Money quote:
The Arab world is anything but indifferent to Sunday's polling in Iraq, which has dual implications for the restive region. It will almost certainly bring to power Iraq's long-suppressed Shiite Muslims, boosting the sect's influence in this Sunni Muslim-dominated area. It also will mean Washington has succeeded in bringing democracy to Iraq by force - at least for the moment - a precedent that could shake up the autocratic Arab world.
"Arab governments may not say it, but they don't want Iraq's democratic experiment to succeed," said Turki al-Hamad, a prominent Saudi columnist and former political science professor."Such a success would embarrass them and present them with the dilemma of either changing or being changed."
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