The New Burkeian

Reflections on the Revolution in Conservatism

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

What's Next?

Without meaning to sound condescending, many of the Iraqi bloggers have impressed me with their ability to grasp the basic tenets of Democracy. They have moved beyond the basic ideas of Democracy to a discourse on what Democratic reforms they should make within their own countries. Ibn al-Rafidain has been discussing the translation of American Democratic values to an Iraqi set of values for some weeks now.

Ali, from Free Iraqi, had some interesting things to say about Democratic values within Iraq. One of his big pushes is for the seperation of church and state. He presents an interesting concept that should enable the cultural relativists to see the true universal nature of Democracy. Islam is as compatible with Democracy as Christianity or Judaism. I'll let you take Ali's word for it, though. He does have support for this concept from Sunnis within Iraq, as well. Consider this post from Democracy in Iraq.

I never thought I could learn so much about our own Democracy through another's eyes! Ali had a great suggestion about what we should do next, too. He suggests we consider Lebanon for our next outpost for Democracy:

Now it's not easy to determine the next base that should be attacked but I agree with those who said that Lebanon is the best candidate. Not Lebanon as a whole of course but Hizbollah and the Syrian army there. There are certainly many arguments against such choice, but I believe it's the best for many reasons. It would terrify Syria and Iran and distract their efforts in disrupting Iraq's march towards democracy, it would help democracy in Lebanon get rid of the influence of the Syrian Army and Hizbollah and it would give Iraq a much needed time to recover and build its infrastructure in a way that makes it not very rewarding to attack it again as the way it is now with the fragile infrastructure. The ex-Ba'athists aided by a very tiny minority of Salafis in Iraq won't be able (without huge aid from neighboring countries and Arab fighters) to stand against the Iraqi government aided by massive American power. They would most likely divide into small gangs that can be annoying but certainly not strong enough to determine a whole country's future.

Who better to understand the fate of Democracy in the Middle East than another Middle Easterner? I think it is a great suggestion. And it presents the fact that through linkage (remember Sharansky and President Reagan) huge conflicts such as Iraq will not be necessary in the future. I do not deny the possibility of another huge conflict in the future, but I do suggest that the promotion of Democracy can be achieved through other means.

Now if we can just get rid of those neo-cons and isolationists.


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