Interesting Contrasts onThe Post's Op/Ed Page
In "Allwai's Vision" Ignatius gives us the departing thoughts of the "US-backed" interim Prime Minister of Iraq(who has done a great job). Allawi comes off sounding like a bit of a sore loser and Ignatius uses his sore-loserness to paint the picture of an Iraq taken over by a theocratic regime. Ignatius parses his words, never actually saying "theocracy", but he calls the new government "religious-backed", and says that Allawi will be the secular oposition. Ignoring the stated intentions of the Shiite religous leaders who claim, rather convincingly, that they don't want an Iranian model government. Ignatius shows the close-mindedness that Kagan demolished in the space just above. It makes you wonder if the editor of the Opinion page actually has a perverse sense of humor, or just has it in for Ignatius, who comes off looking like a bit of a defeatist, and Allawi, why, he sounds just like any other politician who just lost. How American of him. Ignatius doesn't get it. Kagan does. Read 'em both at the same place to find out.