Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Iraqi Democracy

Sabrina Tavernise - who has done some excellent reporting from Iraq - posts her latest NYT must read (Qais Mizher - a new name to me - shares the byline). This time she reveals the problematic situation in Basra.

A quote that caught my eye, was this one:

"I cannot talk with you," said Sajid Saad Hassan, a professor at Basra University's agriculture college. "I haven't joined a party and no militia is protecting me."

And then there is this:

Qadim al-Muqdadi, a professor in Baghdad University's media college, explained: "Each political party believes he is better than the other at running the country. They don't rely on the power of thought; they rely on the power of the gun and the tribe."

Ahh ... what a beautiful democracy ... the Republicans must drool in envy regarding the party discipline being enforced by the Iraqi democrats.


  • Democracy cannot be just blindly applied to any condition. Like a fine gloss paint on a weathertorn barn, a stipping of the old is first necessary. Simply slapping on democracy's paint won't make it stick. The endemic human condition of warlordism must first be eradicated.

    By Anonymous webhub, at 12:43 PM  

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