Tom is even more right than he thinks. He should look at the recent news from Bahrain. They won’t even visit Iraq to look for lost loved ones.
“Little Bahrain” hates Saddam Hussein like cats hate dogs.
Uh… who in their right mind seriously expects Israq to become democratic?
Come on, hand up now. Yes, you at the back. Write it up on the blackboard.
Is there some inherent defect in the Iraqi’s which would prevent them from comprehending the benfits of democracy?
Actually, I’m hoping we push for a constitutional republic, like we’re supposed to have here. And hopefuly will again.
Unless there is some “Luther-like reformation” in Islam, the chances of any country(other than Israel, and Turkey can’t really be considered “in” the Middle East) in the Middle East becoming a “democracy” in its truest sense is not going to happen. As a Palelestian student told me once: sure the Jews would be allowed to practice their faith in a “liberated” Palestine. He went on to say that they or other minorities would not be allowed to participate in “political” activities. Say what you want about Israel–Israeli Arabs can and do vote, and have representatives in the Knesset. Iraq is not a defeated Japan or Germany which a US military gov’t could be imposed on. We be better spliting it into confederation of Kurds, Shiites, and the Sunnis. As it was before the colonial times.