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The Kurds in the north of Iraq really are thriving and pluralistic and yes democratic. That twenty percent chunk of Iraq shows the way for the rest of the country. Violent overthrows of despotic regimes do not mean Sesame Street appears right afterwards.
This will take years and the slow adoption of democratic norms and procedures. No one I that I can see is fulminating for them to return, at least no one sane.
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All of us need a democratic experiment there to work. Either you want Iraqi democracy to win out or you do not. If you do not then get thee to a place where your dear leader can order you all the live long day. They want to intervene in lots of places, all the time, whenever they feel like it.
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Any other successes? Elliott Abrams can be counted on to bring up El Salvador. War is better than peace for the Pentagon, and this makes a huge diffference to decision-making in Washington. As usual I believe in the maxim, follow the money. The people who made money were the mercenary companies like Blackwater and the arms manufacturing industry from the increased expenditure.
As Eisenhower warned, beware of the Industrial-military complex.
Finally there may have been some element of getting rid of Saddam to get a more acceptable leader to remove the embargoes and someone more open to the US. One the qualities of a selective blank slatist is to see humans as naturally endowed with whatever ideology the blank slatist holds. So feminists would see people as naturally feminists, atheists would see people as naturally atheists, and libertarians or whatever you want to call the ideology being Bush would see people as being able to naturally organize into democratic societies without a state.
Iraq was a prime opportunity to put this idea to the test and one of the first things that was done after the invasion was to wipe out existing civil institutions almost entirely. Even the entire army was sacked and a new one created from trb ground up. The idea here was if you wiped out the state entirely the market would create the best possible one with very little to no intervention. To say America has gained nothing from its military exploits is wrong. America has gained a world that is better off — for Americans and on average — in almost every measurable way.
Interesting article s and well worth reading and thinking about. In my view this is not done more often for two reasons. Second, engaging can often be suicidal both professionally and socially which reinforces my first point.
This is an important distinction. Next, identity is often self-imposed in many of the examples you cite. Things like names and language which you claim to be discriminatory are largely choices made by parents and imposed upon their children.
I am from humble beginnings yet my parents pushed me to learn, speak and act differently than they did in order to assimilate and increase my chances of exceeding them. It worked at great sacrifice to them. That said, I reject the premise of identity discrimination except at the margins. Sadly, human nature will never change and eliminate this completely and while it would be wonderful if it did, it is far less prevalent than popular culture would have you think. Most often, people choose to stand apart, choose to succumb to adversity and choose to be a victim because that is what they are now taught.
Did the people living during the depression blame others? No, they worked harder, sacrificed, accomplished great things and got on with life. Our true privilege in this country is lack of real hardship or oppression. This gives people the freedom to make both good and bad choices which is as it should be.
We should help those who truly need it but also hold people accountable for their actions and choices. It is difficult to take seriously an article which describes the situation in Iraq post invadion as a thriving democracy and civil society. The article makes a strong case that the war was not simply about oil ut makes no case at all about what the war was about.
Own view is that it is easier to say what the war was not about than what is was about because the reason was not primarily strategic but personal. The war was certainly not about weapons of mass destruction. I believe that they would find some residual capability they could use as an excuse. I believe The prime motive was a desire by Blair and Bush to be seen to be seen to have performed a significant and heroic task. Saddam was an ideal target as someone widely reviled and few allies.
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