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Is Iraq ready for democracy??

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Is Iraq ready for democracy?? Systems based on guaranteed freedoms, the rule of law, and peaceful electoral transitions are obviously desirable for all. Today's debate over bringing democracy to the Muslim Middle East often centers on whether the region is "ready for democracy" (Newsom). A number of problems the US has to face during transferring democratic essentials seems to just increase: ongoing fights in whole Iraq, a lack of governmental structure, a shortage of charismatic political figures, who would be acceptable by American side, and finally the lack of cultural experience in democratic governing. Giving the power over to Iraqis must be done, but the process has to be careful and proceeded by serious soul-searching of the case ("Trudny"). Democratic regimes in the region would face populations feeling humiliated by the West and vulnerable to politicians who would seek to exploit the deep-seated resentments relating to Israel; ethnic and religious divisions; and the intrusion of foreign, particularly Western influence. ...read more.


Each will be followed closely in Washington. If new policies are unacceptable, strong demands will be made, either for a forceful removal of the offending government or for sanctions. It may not be enough for proponents of diplomacy to point to the risks of setting aside an elected government or to urge dialogue with the new authorities, arguing that the experience of power often modifies the most radical of governments. The US commitment to the results of democracy will be sorely tested. The temporary government in Iraq struggles with a lot of difficulties. The first is the disappearance of all previous government structures - following the war there was chaos within these, like: army, police, and all Baas party councils, even officials in national departments and villages' leaders. Although action was necessary, experts warned that the situation in Iraq wouldn't be like in Germany (where after Hitler's collapse a government was quickly re-build) ...read more.


The Sunnites, who used to wield authority, are now just a small (15% of population) minority and are afraid of losing power to a major group - the Shiite. Third group - the Kurd don't want to lose their autonomy. The New York Times from 19th March 2004 expressed anxiety that, while in Iraq there is no culture of confidence and compromise, any Iraqi election is going to give the power to Shiites, limit Sunnites influence and will leave Kurds, who desire to separate their part of Iraq, to be ruled by people they have no trust ("Trudny") The process of transferring the power in Iraq to its citizens will be a long, difficult task. It is going to cost next millions of dollars and require the presence of international troops for next few years; however, it is job which must be done properly to provide peace in the Middle East and real end of terrorism in Iraq, hopefully in whole world. ...read more.

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