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Iraqi interim constitution signed

The interim Iraqi constitution was signed this morning, without changes. This is a significant day in the history of Iraq, and, likely, the region. It was mentioned on CNN this morning and the report was the most banal and prosaic one I ever heard (even from CNN): The reporter did not see the massive fact, did not see the meaning of the event. The Iraqi people have an interim constitution! They are on their way toward establishing a government that is limited in some fundamental ways, an unheard of thing in that part of the world. In drafting and signing it, they have already come a long way toward what we loosely call democracy. I wish them well.

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