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Friday, February 13, 2004

You want the UN, you got it 

U.N. Official Back U.S. on Iraq Voting

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A U.N. official sided with the United States in its dispute with Iraq's powerful Shiite Muslim clergy over elections, saying Friday it would be hard to organize a vote before the June 30 deadline to hand power to the Iraqis.
Take that, Ayatollah Sistani. So sorry.

Don't get me wrong... as influential as Sistani is, the Coalition Provisional Authority must work with him. His words can go a long way toward determining the success or failure of democracy in Iraq, because a lot of Iraqis follow his lead. But there's such a thing as compromise, and hopefully Sistani is learning a little bit about it now.
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