Perhaps the years/lifetimes lived under Islamic law in one form or fashion, while living under political despots has cause the desire new take root, to be truly free and allow neighbors to be truly free to worship the religion of their choosing. Little will be accomplished by giving free elections to people who live under theocratic rule self imposed then transferred to religious Imams. Look at Iran. The struggle for real freedom is in real danger of being suppressed yet again. Religious totalitarianism is more insidious to root out of the psyche than the iron fist of political totalitarianism. The Middle East is hallmarked by religious totalitarianism, Islamism. The radicals outnumber the 'jihad is a personal quest of the soul' Islamists.
posted on 03/15/2003 5:26:16 PM PST
(If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
Obviously it take some time and it's a process, you don't expect a new born baby to be able to handle the rigorous of life, you nurture him and teach him and protect him until he grows up.
I don't expect the Iraq (or any Mid East nation) to transform into a western democracy overnight. But with our help over time it will happen.
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