As Iraqis prepare to vote on a draft constitution Saturday, they are also girding for an upsurge in bombings and other insurgent violence.
After months of political wrangling, the Iraqi constitution is still a work in progress. Whether the document can achieve its main political purpose — to be a vehicle of national reconciliation — remains in doubt.
Still, Sunnis won a key concession this week giving them the ability to try to amend the constitution later, after a new parliament is elected in December.
This weekend promises to be another grim, bloody milestone in Iraq’s uncertain road to democracy. But it is at least that — another step forward, with Iraqis having another opportunity to directly shape the destiny of their country.
Americans’ thoughts and prayers are with the U.S. and Iraqi soldiers who are putting their lives on the line to give them that chance.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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