The only opposition in Iraq to this process has come from a minority of Iraqis who have chosen to express themselves with bombs rather than ballots. These killers are largely drawn from a minority within Iraq's Sunni Arab community. They are supremacists who believe that they, and their specific ethnic-religious community, have an inherent right to rule. Unlike white South Africans, who eventually conceded the immorality of apartheid when confronted with the dignity and courage of a leader such as Nelson Mandela, the Iraqi supremacists have rejected all opportunities for dialogue and democracy. Yet in Iraq, as in South Africa, the right of the majority to rule has been confirmed through elections.
Monday, October 24, 2005
from an interview with Howar Ziad, the Iraqi Ambassador to Canada, in the October 14, 2005 Globe and Mail,