Tuesday, August 16, 2005

World Watches as Iraq Becomes Test for Democracy

Hat tip www.RealClearPolitics.com
The world watches as Iraq becomes a litmus test of democratic success
The Times August 16, 2005 by Amir Taheri

"The liberation of Afghanistan and Iraq in 2002 and 2003, however, administered a shock of a different type. This time the Western powers did not come to preach the cult of the state or the myth of nationhood. Instead they held a democratic discourse which, regardless of whether or not it was sincere — and in politics sincerity is seldom the point — has altered the terms of the debate. This time the big idea is democracy."

"This is why all reactionary forces, from pan-Arabists to Islamists, and their sympathisers in the West, have united to prevent Iraq from succeeding. Iraq has become the litmus test of the success of the democratic experience in the region."

See prior posts What’s Happening in Mosul, Iraq & Analysis of Military Situation in Iraq


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