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Iraq: The Pieces of Democracy Come Together

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Today there was very good news out of Iraq on two fronts. The first piece of good news is that there was finally a compromise reached on drafting a constitution for the interim government.

The bill strikes a compromise between the more religious sects of the Iraqi population, and the ones who want a more secular society. The interim constitution allows for protection of basic freedoms like speech and due process, while allowing some aspects of Islam to be incorporated into law.

There will be a democratically elected president, with a cabinet, and a Prime Minister to oversee the cabinet. There will be allowances, sort of a quota that 20% of the government will be made up of women.

Specifics on voting, day to day government responsibilities, and a permanent constitution will be discussed after the Iraqi provisional government takes over on July 1st.

The second good news is that Iraqi oil production is almost up to pre-war numbers with exportation of 2.5 million barrels a day of crude. Iraq exported 2.8 million barrels a day before the war. This will bring billions to a struggling economy and will help ensure stability which will increase the chances of democracy succeeding in Iraq.

A lot of the work done to ensure these successes was done with the United States closely watching and assisting. The much maligned Halliburton had a vital role in rebuilding the oil infrastructure, such as pipelines, and oil drakes. They are after all one of only a handful of companies, and the only major American company able to do work on this sort of scale.

Democracy succeeding in Iraq is much more than just having democracy in a previously undemocratic country. It is a first step towards injecting democracy and stability into an increasingly unstable area of the world. It will be very hard work, but it is work that must be done. For once a few taste the sweet nectar of freedom, everyone in the region will want to drink from the cup.

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  • http://naproom.mu.nu Tom

    Flame War in 1,2,3

  • Eric Olsen

    Excellent signs, I agree, as I mentioned here

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    NO! NO! YOU’RE WRONG! OLIGARCHY! OIL! HALLIBURTON! QUAGMIRE! SELECTED, NOT ELECTED! EMPIRE! COWBOY! BUSH IS HITLER! YOU AMERICANS, WITH YOUR BATHING AND DEODERANTS! VIVA LA FRANCE!

  • Red

    I agree completely, Al.

  • mike

    Excuse me, I’d love to weigh in, but I just got back from watching “The Passion of the Christ” while smoking crack and singing “Always Looking On the Bright Side of Life.” I think I’ll go torch a synagogue and beat up some faggots. Bush in ’04! GOP all the way! Four more wars! Four more wars!

  • Red

    Yeah, screw setting up a democracy in Iraq! We won it fair and square! Let’s take all the oil and continue conquering the Middle East!

  • Shark

    re: democracy in Iraq:

    How ’bout we talk AFTER the civil war?

    PS: Gotta run to check out news flash re. two major bombings against Shiites. Suspects: Sunnis. See ya later!

  • Eric Olsen

    The significance of this action is that it is a major step toward quelling the “civil war”: if everyone has a stake in the government, and it’s an IRAQI government, then that removes a lot of the impetus behind a “civil war” as the struggle can move to the political arena.

  • shaun

    hey eric where did the site about jews go?

  • Eric Olsen

    It will be back shortly – Mike is banned after presenting himself as “Random Jew.” Wow, that was clever. Why don’t you start thinking for yourself? Do you have any idea how foolish you sound?

  • Shark

    Eric: …if everyone has a stake in the government, and it’s an IRAQI government, then that removes a lot of the impetus behind a “civil war” as the struggle can move to the political arena.

    I wish I were that opptimistic regarding the Kurds vs Sunnis vs Shiites. The Iraqi ‘government’ is going to be dominated by Shiites, who have quite an old axe to grind with the Sunni minority. And the Kurds aren’t going to settle for anything less than autonomy. Sounds like ‘Irresistable force meets immovable object’ times three. (see Ireland, Israel, Chechnya, et al. for more)

    BTW: What happens in Iraq if the ‘democracy’ votes to establish a theocracy? Whoops!

    Do we negate the election results?

    Invade again?

    Welcome to Pandora’s Merry-Go-Round!

  • http://naproom.mu.nu Tom

    See you guys just love to see this fail, purely for political reasons. Instead of seeing it as a good first step, you use it as a way to bash Bush.

    And that fact that you don’t think democracy can succeed in the middle east is a very racist way of looking at things.

  • mike

    Comment 10: That “Mike” wasn’t me!

  • Shark

    Tom: “…you guys just love to see this fail, purely for political reasons. Instead of seeing it as a good first step, you use it as a way to bash Bush.”

    I’d love to see it work; it’s just that wishing for fairy tales and ignoring reality isn’t a good way to conduct your foreign policy.

    BTW: A good “first step” in fighting terrorism would have been invading Saudi Arabia. You for that, Tom?

    “And that fact that you don’t think democracy can succeed in the middle east is a very racist way of looking at things.”

    Oh no! The ‘racist’ thing rears it’s ugly head. It’s been almost ten minutes since that was typed on Blogcritics! Way ta go, Tom!

    Please to explain how merely questioning whether or not democracy can succeed amidst a civil war in Iraq is racist.

    And while you’re at it, I’m still interested in hearing an answer to:

    “What happens in Iraq if the ‘democracy’ votes to establish a theocracy?”

  • Shark

    BTW: Tom thinks I’m racist and MacDiva thinks I’m racist.

    I must be doing something right.

    (Big Al, yer jealous, ain’t cha~!)

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    “What happens in Iraq if the ‘democracy’ votes to establish a theocracy?”

  • Eric Olsen

    mike, I certainly know you weren’t “Mike.”

    The interim constitution is not theocratic – that’a absolutely key. Theocracy is inherently anti-democratic, so no theocracy. Rule of law and civil institutions must be established before any kind of democratic “democracy” has a chance. That’s why the elections were delayed until after the first of the year. And no need to re-invade, the troops aren’t going anywhere until after this settles out.

    And the way it’s being set up, the regions will be fairly autonomous.

  • http://naproom.mu.nu Tom

    Shark,

    Mac thinks everyone is a racist. As for me, I don’t think its right to say that democracy won’t work in the Middle East. The same thing was said about Japan after World War ReDuex

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    First of all, Shark is a mere trout mask replica of an evil white boy. I am the official White Devil of Blogcritics.

    Beyond which, you all have no good basis for bashing Bush on this. You might not be overly optimistic about a great Jeffersonian democracy suddenly springing up in Iraq, but that’s not because of Dubya. We’ve taken out a bunch of the worst thugs, and we’re holding their hands while they/we try to work out something at least halfway workable. Carping from the sidelines does not prove your superiority.

    The proper basis of comparison for what we get there is not some Platonic ideal of democracy, peace and love, but the Hussein regime that we’ve knocked out. Even 100+ people killed in a nasty bombing today is not so bad compared to Saddam killing people by the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS. Perspective, please.

  • http://www.viewpointjournal.com David Flanagan

    I’d love to see it work; it’s just that wishing for fairy tales and ignoring reality isn’t a good way to conduct your foreign policy.

    There were quite a few in the 1940’s who were claiming that we were losing the peace in Europe and Japan, they were wrong. Those nations have their own brand of democracy, but they are democratic nonetheless.

    Shark, you hit the nail on the head that we are OPTIMISTIC about the future. We believe that the Iraqi people are a great people and that, given the chance, they’ll set up a sound democracy of their own.

    You know who agrees with us? All those terrorists over who are desperately trying to stop Iraq from becoming a democracy. They would rather see Iraq as a nation dominated by Hussein, with no tolerance at all towards religion of any kind, than to see Iraq become a democracy.

    BTW – You should try to sound less enthusiastic about bombs going off and killing innocent people in that country. You might deny the tone to those of us who read your post, but we know better.

    Thanks.

    David

  • Shark

    re: bombs and enthusiasm:

    Davy, Arabs killing arabs? Yah, I must admit I kinda like this trend.

  • Shark

    Big AL: Shark is a mere trout mask replica of an evil white boy”

    I prefer the term “goodness/melanin challenged” thankyouverymuch.