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Monday, June 28, 2004

SURPRISE! YOU'RE SOVEREIGN
tba
The U.S. unexpectedly restored Iraqi sovereignty two days ahead of schedule, in a secret ceremony that was apparently designed to thwart possible disruption by insurgents.

In other words, the situation in Iraq is still unstable enough that there's little confidence a scheduled, public statehood ceremony could be held in a secure fashion. I guess having a bomb go off in such a ceremony would shake any state-building effort; then again, a surprise-party handover of power, forced by internal unrest, doesn't inspire much long-term confidence, either.

I guess the re-implementation of sovereignty means Iraq won't be able to sell its naming rights.