Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: What type of democracy is in Iraq?
At this point, democracy in Iraq is an utter failure. It is not at the point the US was in the early days, because the US was not a tribal society. We were guided by men of the Enlightenment, men who had no tribal affliations and who, contrary to the assertions of today's idiots, had little use for religion. They had a homogenious society that came from the same legal tradition of English Common Law, a tradition that had matured over a thousand years before Jefferson even existed. Iraq has none of this. It has traditions that have evolved in each tribe over the same time period, and they conflict with each other. India and Pakistan, Bosnia and Serbia, Russia and all the rest of the former USSR, all of this is a repeat of the same - without an initial framework and point of reference that all share, a democracy cannot begin. Once it is functioning, and the trappings of tribalism begin to fade, then a society can adjust to the compromises necessary to allow disparate groups to co-exist. This is why democracy came easily to the Germans and Japanese, and it will not come easily in Iraq. The entire thing is the stupidest thing we as a nation have ever done.
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