Democracy in Iraq? Essay by Peter Pen

Democracy in Iraq?
Explains why the Americans' bid to bring a liberal democratic form of government to Iraq is pointless.
# 62967 | 2,488 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005

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America is considered to be the greatest achievement in democracy of all time. Although liberal democracy has succeeded in the west, it may not have the same outcome in Iraq. This paper shows that due to four specific reasons, liberal democracy is not a possible outcome in Iraq. The reasons discussed are: The physical landscape differences between the west and the Middle East; the skepticism of the many other nations and the distrust the Iraqis have of the Americans; the different political culture of Iraq and, finally, the fact that the United States did not finish the job in Afghanistan.

From the Paper:

"Although Saddam Hussein was an oppressive ruler, he was not the factor standing between the Iraqis and liberal democracy. Although the end of Saddam means more wealth and freedom, the society itself is incompatible with this type of democracy. According to McLean, liberalism is "the belief that it is the aim of politics to preserve individual rights and the maximize freedom of choice" (309). This type of government will not be in place in Iraq."

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