Wednesday, August 20, 2008

US: Iraq will be nothing less than a democracy, even if it isn't one

Quote of the week:

"It is undeniable that, compared to the situation prevailing under the Saddam Hussein regime, political participation and debate have increased in Iraq. This is a result of the recognition on the part of many Iraqis that political compromise and tolerance are the only way to hold the country together—and the clear understanding that the US will not accept anything less than a democracy in Iraq (even if this is confined to shallow institutions or even a façade)."

Katerina Dalacoura, ‘US Democracy Promotion in the Arab Middle East Since 11 September 2001: A Critique’, International Affairs, Vol. 81, No. 5 (2005), pp. 963–79.

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Anonymous BenP said...

Approvingly quoting Lord Curzon, tragedy and farce spring to mind.

9:19 PM  

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