Monday, January 31, 2005

Democracy, Liberty, Reality

I have included a link to some of the coverage of the election in Iraq here. World Debate also has an excellent list of blogs written by people in Iraq about what's going on there. I have read about 1,000 postings on different websites and blogs calling the election a success, and how Iraq now qualifies as a democracy because of this historic triumph over the forces of evil. If only it were that simple.

No doubt that it is an exciting and historic time for Iraqis. But, to say that having an election is the only requirement of a democracy would also qualify Survivor, American Idol and my high school prom as democracies. Before we start talking about putting a McDonald's on every corner, destroying their environment, and putting aside the well-being of the Iraqi citizen for corporate profits, we need a reality check.

As many of you already realize, Iraq has three different groups fighting for control of the government: Shiite Muslims, Sunni Muslims, and the Kurdish or Kurds. These three groups have been killing each other and fighting for control for hundreds of years. Simply having an election doesn't change all those years of history.

I'm not trying to minimize the importance of the election or the sacrifices of the Iraqi people and our soldiers in making this happen. Conversely, I think that denying the realities that currently face our soldiers and the Iraqi people and making bold proclamations about Democracy is a gross oversimplification and gives the false impression that our mission has finally been accomplished, when really it's only just beginning. And we know how the Bush Administration loves to say "Mission Accomplished".

It's funny to me to hear what Americans say and write about our Democracy. What makes us the experts on Democracy? We've twisted our government into a capitalist theocracy, where only those with money can attain and control power. My hope for Iraq is that they do what we've failed to do, and get this whole Democracy thing right.


~kimberly~ said...

I find it interesting that their voter turn out rate was higher than our own, and they were threatened with violence and death for even showing up! Perhaps we should spread fear in our own land if people come to vote. Reverse psychology might just drag out everyone!

On the Mark said...

Ah...the Democratic standard. "It's all well and good, but we shouldn't celebrate Iraqi democracy because...blah blah blah." You want some cheese with that "whine?"

You love to make standard liberal statements backed up by no research or fact whatsoever. If you watched the President's statement about the election, it was nowhere anything like "mission accomplished." In fact, it was very low key, and acknowledged that this is just a step in the process towards real democracy and freedom.

And by the way, contrary to your fantasy, if you'll do your research you'll find that Bush didn't say "mission accomplished" on the deck of that carrier. Here's the language of his actual speech on the deck of the carrier in question: "We have difficult work to do in Iraq. We're bringing order to parts of that country that remain dangerous. We're pursuing and finding leaders of the old regime, who will be held to account for their crimes. We've begun the search for hidden chemical and biological weapons and already know of hundreds of sites that will be investigated. We're helping to rebuild Iraq, where the dictator built palaces for himself, instead of hospitals and schools. And we will stand with the new leaders of Iraq as they establish a government of, by, and for the Iraqi people.

The transition from dictatorship to democracy will take time, but it is worth every effort. Our coalition will stay until our work is done. Then we will leave, and we will leave behind a free Iraq."

Oops...guess you need to do a bit more homework.

You talk about "denying the realities that currently face our soldiers and the Iraqi people and making bold proclamations about Democracy is a gross oversimplification and gives the false impression that our mission has finally been accomplished, when really it's only just beginning."

Interestingly, every commentary I can find acknowledges exactly what you say here. There are serious challenges ahead. Can you actually point to someone of note making only "bold proclamations" that "deny the reality"? If you can, and they are by me, or anyone of note, I'd be happy to address them individually. But this seems to be more made up liberal blather, instead of well researched commentary. This is the language of the liberal...avoid the facts, but make sweeping slandersous statements.

Finally, you slam our version of democracy. We, as a nation, are far from perfect. However, I know of no better. And when you look at the likes of an Alberto Gonzales, or a Condoleezza Rice, who both rose from poverty and diversity to positions of power in this country, it makes me proud to tout American Democracy as the best the world currently has to offer. If you've got an example of something that works better, I'd be happy to know. You don't...but liberals like to slam the U.S. anyway. And, I'd just like to see you try!

CowboyLaw said...

Oh, you were finished? Well, then, allow me to retort.

1. Are you really going to press the issue that GWB II didn't say "Misson Accomplished" after he indulged in perhaps the greatest single act of ego-stroking propaganda ever staged by the USA? Because, frankly, I think that when you have a 100-foot long banner that says "Mission Accomplished" in 20-foot tall letters, arguing whether those words escaped the President's mouth is a little silly. If the banner had said "Who Farted?" would we really be saying that GWB II shouldn't be held responsible for it's content. Yeah, I thought not.

2. I do appreciate the championing of Alberto Gonzales and Condi Rice as role models for minorities. I think they serve as powerful reminders that the proper mindset for minorities should be "Make as much money as possible, sell out your culture, try to be as white as possible, laught at the jokes, and do your damnedest to slam the door shut on any other minorities who might be trying to climb the same ladder you climbed." I mean, if Republicans don't teach these important lessons, who will? Wimpy, whiny, limp-wristed Demoncrats keep fighting for things like good education in the ghetto, lots of government loans to help poor students afford college, and social safety net programs to keep people from living on the street. C'mon! Does that really help anyone? I mean, no one in MY country club has ever been helped by those programs, therefore I deduce that no one in the country has been. Pass the caviar on toast points, please.

/too easy
/Ben out

Lord Bling said...

Ben's point number 2 sounded a little like 'Billionaires for Bush.' Which isn't a bad thing. Ben, are you a billionaire?

"The Wolf? Sh*t negro, that's all you had to say!"