26 March 2010

Democracy in Iraq

Wow two political science posts in one day.

I read with great interest that the Iraqi people have spoken and that there will be a new government in their country, with incumbent Nouri Al-Maliki coming in second to Iyad Allawi in the latest election. The peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of a slowly maturing democracy, so hopefully that is exactly what will transpire. Elections on their own do not signify a legitimate government; that the results are viewed as legitimate and therefore accepted by the people are a key cornerstone of what constitutes a democratic society. Saddam used to get between 99.9% and 100% of popular support in his "elections," which were mere shams to give the outward appearance of a democratic state. Truly, things have changed in Iraq, and very much for the better.

A simple truth is that more than 40 countries have invested significant amounts of blood and treasure to ensuring a successful transition towards democracy in Iraq. The hope is that by kicking out the corrosive and rotten structure of governance in much of the Islamic world and replacing it with a system of government based on respect for fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, the region will become more peaceful and more integrated vis-a-vis the rest of the world. Gone are the days of Saddam's torture chambers and hopefully the inspirational message that societies can make the transition from fear societies to free societies will carry over to Iraq's neighbours.


Anonymous said...

Every single Liberal on this liblogs deal is gong to to want you BINNED for this post.

See, no Canadian leftist would ever admit that removing Saddam was worth it or that the Iraqi people are better off for it.

It's a nice dose of reality to read your post.

RGM said...

Well, they still let me on the roster even after the book, which goes into much greater detail on the Iraq situation, so maybe I'm one of the handful of people on the right side of the party that they let kick around. And hey, if Michael can write lengthy arguments in favour of Iraq and American imperial power, and they make him LEADER, I should be OK.

Thanks for commenting. :)