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Myth of the Purple Finger?

By on 10.17.05 | 12:25AM

Over at Daily Kos, Armando seems unhappily resigned to the best case scenario with regard to Saturday's referendum in Iraq.

"Yes the Constitution will win the vote," he writes writes in a post that hinted at the same sectarian strife CNN's Christiane Amanpour did (see my post today on AmSpec's main page). "And then what? Will our troops come home now? Will the Iraqi government be able to govern? What is different now than yesterday?"

Well, first of all, the country will have a constitution. Sure, it is somewhat flawed and gives way too much weight to Islamic law, but, then again, the United States has amended our own constitution 27 times. Whatever one thought about the war, the high turnout among all Iraqi factions to vote on a constitution should be welcome news.

Further, it's difficult to see how demanding to know what will change in a single day adds any heft or validity to Armando's arguments against the war. If anything, the unwillingness to acknowledge there is a difference casts his legitimate gripes in a poorer light. The only people who are going to be persuasive outside of the solidly pro-war or anti-war camps are those who acknowledge reality, good or bad, rather than ignore it out of convenience.

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