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RE: Blood Bath in Iraq Continues
Botnst - 2/20/2005 12:58 PM
GermanStar - 2/20/2005 12:02 PM
Do you think that any three or four disparate cultures can come together to form a genuine community? Do you think that some commonality other than mutual loathing is a requirement for success? I do believe that success would be more likely if this experiment took place in neutral territory.
There are no guarantees. Our own is still experimental in terms of the history of human governance.
If the Iraqis think like the people of the Balkans, theyr'e doomed to permanent war. So far it doesn't appear that they wish to go that direction, but time is young, the jury is out and those dispicable Baathists are still trying to set sides against sides rather than embrace democracy.
How can the Baathists "embrace democracy" when their party has been banned?
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address