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Conservative Pessimists Also Miss the Significance of Alawi’s Win in Iraq

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Posted on March 27 2010 9:08 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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Ryan Mauro’s excellent analysis of the recent Iraqi elections and why they are a reason for optimism is a must read– and not only because you will have a hard time finding any other commentary about it.

MAURO: Former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s al-Iraqiya bloc has won the most seats in Iraq’s parliament. Polls before the election showed a very comfortable lead for al-Maliki’s State of Law coalition, which came in a very close second. The biggest loser was the Iraqi National Alliance, a bloc of pro-Iran Shiite religious parties.

Ryan also writes: “I have been shocked that the media doesn’t see how truly significant this victory is.”

Actually, I’m sure Ryan was about as shocked as Inspector Renault:

So while I can’t work up a lot of surprise that the lamestream media missed the significance of a fairly complex story about Iraq, and which factions are most favorable to Iran or Islamism, and which are more favorable to a reasonably secular society, I do have one question?

Where is the commentary from John Work and Hugh Fitzgerald?

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