My thoughts, in the event anyone cares:
I don’t think “democracy” will work in Iraq or anywhere else. Contrary to what the media, schools and our illustrious leaders tell us, this country (USA) was never intended to be a democracy. In fact, the founding fathers considered it to be among the WORST forms of government. The following quote says it better than I ever could.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage.” (Any of this look familiar??)
OK, in my own words now, pure democracy is simply a “mob rule” formula which eventually disintegrates into sniping factions of “special interests” demanding their “rights” from an increasingly “benevolent” government which increasingly caters to the increasingly dependent, or marginalized, or personally offended, or discriminated, or economically disadvantaged, or you name it, masses. Whoever can promise the most goodies to the most people tend to become the leaders. These “rights,” of course, must come from the resources of productive individuals, since government in and of itself produces nothing. It does, however, have the unique asset of the threat of force (deadly if necessary) to accomplish its goals. After all, someone has to enforce all this “equality,” don’t they? Democracy, thereby, disintegrates into tyranny.
Regarding Iraq, I think there is no greater crime against humanity than oppressing a population like Saddam (or Castro, or Kim Jong Il…etc. etc.) did. I hope and pray that those people are able to have a stable, free nation after all this is over. I think we are making some significant mistakes, one of the major ones being the policy of disarming the “good guys” in Iraq and thus removing their main line of defense against those who would disrupt (to put it lightly) the transition to self government. Another is using UNESCO-approved textbooks in the schools (WAY too much to go into there).
The only way a self-governing society (as opposed to a “democracy”) will function is for the rights of the people to be clearly enumerated, and understood by an EDUCATED populace who can then hold their leaders accountable. If a society does not understand the consequences of the actions of its leaders, no matter how good they sound, those leaders will eventually, to one degree or another, turn on them. Politics has a way of attracting some of the most self-serving, megalomaniacal individuals the human race can produce.