Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Well that didn't take long

Context rears its head again.

Another "fact" about Iraq that gets tossed around is:

"It's been three years and they haven't formed a government yet."

Yes, that is true. However, here is some context:

- We declared independence in 1776, but our constitution did not go into effect until 1788 and was not officially adopted until 1791.

- Many African nations have been free for almost 50 years, but have made virtually no progress in establishing a workable government.

-Both Germany and Japan took several years to form workable democratic governments after WWII.

We need to occasionally ask ourselves if we're demanding more than is reasonable.


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