Democracy at the Point of a Sword Term Paper by Nicky

Democracy at the Point of a Sword
A discussion on whether the sowing of the seeds of democracy is possible through aggression.
# 147114 | 761 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Feb 24, 2011 in International Relations (General) , Political Science (General)

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This paper briefly examines whether democracy can be implemented through hostility and violence. It uses as examples the eradication of Communism in post World War II Germany and the failures of the American-led war in Iraq. The paper concludes that it is possible but before such an undertaking the invading nation must weigh the short and long term consequences.

From the Paper:

"One of the possible failures of the American-led war in Iraq is that it was not merely about removing Saddam Hussein. Executing him has not created a blanket solution. Indeed, there is some semblance of the beginnings of people's contribution to rule in Iraq. There is also a large infusion of finances from the U.S., to reintroduce societal infrastructure into that country. One of the possible failures of the war could be that Western nations, its leaders and people do not understand the Islamic mindset. Surrounding Islamic countries might foster unrest if nothing else to demoralize the West and decrease this influence. Since most of these countries are kingdoms or ruled by despots, these nations have a hidden agenda to create unrest and present the U.S.-led invasion and its aftermath as a failure. Having been identified a failure in the eyes of the world would prevent any possible invasion of the other Islamic kingdoms or fiefdoms."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Copson, Raymond W. "Iraq War: Background and Issues Overview." Report for Congress, 2003.
  • Toland, John. But Not in Shame; the Six Months after Pearl Harbor. New York,: Random House, 1961.

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