These will be reinforced with similar messages on radio and television. This is the one thing that Iraqi democrats fear more than anything else. The scenarios will range from the creation of a new base for international terrorism—Afghanistan with oil—to a regionally driven civil war, a hellish combination of Lebanon and the Congo.
Led by liberal-minded Iraqi drafters designated by the Iraqi Governing Council, work is nearing completion on a Transitional Administrative Law that will structure government and guarantee rights from the transfer of sovereignty on June 30 to the seating of a democratically elected government under a new constitution.
That achievement, however tentative and imperfect, would ignite mounting aspirations for democratization throughout the region—from Iran to Morocco—and renew the momentum of freedom worldwide. Nothing in this decade will so test our purpose and fiber as a nation, and our ability to change the world for the better, than our willingness to stand with the people of Iraq over the long haul as they seek to build a free and democratic country.
Iraqi democrats of all ages believe passionately in the need to educate for democracy, from both secular and religious perspectives. Larry Diamond is senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, co-editor of the Journal of Democracy, and an occasional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad.
That will not work in Iraq. Increasingly, Iraqis are fed up with this violence and turning in the criminals who are waging it. And yet, with its decades-long despotism shattered, Iraq is now better positioned than any of its fifteen Arab neighbors to become a democracy in the next few years.
They are supporting an ambitious agenda for democratic transformation and reconstruction in Iraq. We stayed the course to victory for four decades during the Cold War, but when it comes to nation building, our impulse is to get in and get out quickly.
The labor demands in the construction industry alone will dramatically reduce unemployment. No one can engage the new panoply of associations and the emerging democratic consciousness of the people and not sense the possibilities. In one private university, a team of eight translators is at work full time translating works on democracy from English into Arabic.
With its provisions for civil liberties, due process, separation of powers, devolution of power, civilian control of the armed forces, and other checks and balances, this Iraqi transitional law will be the most liberal basic governance document anywhere in the Arab world.
The quest for a decent and democratic political order could founder on the shoals of intolerant, exclusivist identities. They can only win if we walk away and hand them victory. They instead have been demanding direct elections before the handover of power on June Yes there are bloody, shocking acts of terrorism every few days.
But recent developments generate cause for hope. The overriding question that will confront the United States—as the inevitable leader of a supporting coalition for democracy in this region—is whether we have the vision and the backbone to see this through, in the face of mounting costs in lives and dollars.
Virtually all of the classic preconditions for liberal government are lacking. Once each week, for the next several months, this campaign will distribute throughout Iraq a million leaflets, each batch explaining in simple terms a different concept of democracy: But these new institutions and ways of thinking will only take root slowly.
Political leaders are beginning to reach out across regional, ethnic, and confessional lines. Any such descent will suck every possibility of democratic peace and progress in the Middle East into its destabilizing vortex.
They will question the conditions for future interventions. But they cannot rally Iraqis to any alternative political vision. Mowaffak al-Rubaie, recently delivered an eloquent public endorsement of a federal system for Iraq.
Some Islamic thinkers, like Sayyed Fargat Qizwini, believe not only that Islam is compatible with democracy, but that a proper understanding of Islam makes democracy a moral imperative. In several events over the past month, I have told them that we would not do this, that we would stand with them for the long haul to build a democracy in Iraq.
Some new civic associations—including a gifted group if democratically minded young people with skills in the visual arts—are helping the Coalition Provisional Authority to craft an ambitious civic education campaign.
Either we engage in a bitter conflict over power or we devolve power to the fringes of society. A democracy can be built in Iraq. Over the next few months, Iraq will witness the most intensive flow of economic reconstruction and democracy-building assistance of any country since the immediate aftermath of World War II.
But I hope the current broad support for our efforts there will not waiver. In the negotiations on the transitional law, contending groups are working hard with one another and with the CPA to find formulas that will manage their differences and give each section of Iraq a stake in the new system.
With the recent United Nations fact-finding mission to Iraq, led by Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, a compromise solution now seems feasible: So why, after a month of confronting these issues inside in Iraq, am I so hopeful about the prospect of Iraq becoming the first Arab democracy in the contemporary world?
Civil society is springing up.The Pros and Cons of Democracy - Churchill’s claim that “democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried” is deliberately provocative and intended to challenge the reader’s simplistic ideal that democracy is without faults.
The war on Iraq was launched on March 19, to remove Saddam regime and to benefit from Iraq oil. US administration also claimed that it wants to dissemination freedom and democracy in the Middle East area.
Jul 30, · Democracy Now! has closely followed the U.S.-led attacks and occupation of Iraq over the years. The Long Haul for Democracy in Iraq. By Larry Diamond. Out of the ruins of one of the world’s worst tyrannies, in an ancient land that has rarely known any kind of decent and constitutional governance, a democracy is struggling to be born.
Nov 19, · As anti-war protesters took to London's streets Wednesday, President Bush delivered a key speech during his state visit to Britain, standing firm on U.S.-Iraq policy, and vowing that democracy. Democracy has always had its critics, but now old doubts are being treated with renewed respect as the weaknesses of democracy in its Western strongholds, and.Download