Iraq's fragile democracy

By Telegraph View
01 May 2014

This week’s elections have been conducted to a soundtrack of bombings and killings.It is a striking, and uncomfortable, coincidence.

Ten years ago, Ukraine was rejoicing in the wake of a democratic upheaval – a popular uprising that had swept away the corrupt old order. It was this very Orange Revolution that George W Bush invoked at a summit with Vladimir Putin when he spoke of a “Purple Revolution” taking place in Iraq. The phrase, which never really caught on, referred to the inspirational sight of Iraqis presenting their dye-stained fingers to the world, proof that they had voted to shape the future of their country in the wake of the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Today, of course, any such optimism is in short supply.

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