Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Don't Rush to Disaster

Fareed Zakaria has a piece in today's Washington Post that illustrates the duplicity of the United Nations (and our good friend France in particular) in pushing for fast-track sovereignty in Iraq.

Popular sovereignty is a great thing, but a constitutional process is greater still. The French know this. The French Revolution emphasized popular sovereignty with little regard to limitations on state power. The American founding, by contrast, was obsessed with constitution-making. Both countries got to genuine democracy. But in France it took two centuries, five republics, two empires and one dictatorship to get there. Surely we want to do it better in Iraq

Ouch... My only quibble is to whether France is really liberal constitutional democracy al la the US.

Hat tip VodkaPundit.


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