Sunday, August 20, 2006

Commitment or collapse – Rick Moran has a long, impassioned post over at Rightwing Nuthouse suggesting that Iraq is a failing state with little chance for redemption without a massive security effort: “...the reason I have come to this conclusion now is that the enemies of Iraqi democracy have established a clear upper hand in the country and it is uncertain at best whether the situation can be retrieved at this point.”

It’s certainly hard to be optimistic given the endless violence and it calls to mind the question of whether democracy can take hold in Iraq or whether sectarian hostility can only be quelled by a brutal dictatorship. I’d like to believe the unheralded and un-headlined progress in building a liberal democracy from scratch will, in the long run, have a transformative effect in the Middle East, but admittedly it’s hard to see through the blood. The Iraqis need to choose between peace and modernity or another millennium mired in tribal aggression.


Anonymous said...

Defeatist! Haven't you gotten the memo? THESE COLORS DON'T RUN! (*)

(*Ever since they had their legs blown off by an improvised road explosive.)

yetanotherjohn said...

Hitler and Mousilini were not brought down by the spontanious uprising of disaffected elements of their society. Russia was one of the unusual cases. The way to bet is that they can stay in power until an outside force stops them.