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Post by Kevind53 Sun Feb 05, 2012 4:14 pm

I suspect we have all had a measure of frustration over the progress or
rather the lack there of on the part of the GOI. In the last few days, I
have found myself thinking about what it must be like for them. Think
about it for a moment. We've been doing the democracy, (well OK,
technically democratic republic) thing for a couple hundred years now.
They've been doing it for a few. prior to that they have thousands of
years of dictatorship, conquest and sectarian violence. So now we go in
kick out the dictator, and expect them to get their act together self
government wise in a couple of years?

Even with the preparatory
work by such major thinkers as Locke, and participation by people of the
caliber of Jefferson, Franklin, John Adams, Dickinson, Payne, and so
many others, it took us two tries and 10 amendments to come up with a
workable constitution. (The Articles of Confederation were too weak, the
Constitution needed major tweaking to sufficiently protect individual
and states rights.) Even then, we had a Civil War over mostly
Constitutional issues less than 100 years later.

Other countries
tried to emulate what we did with chaos resulting (most famously
perhaps, the French Revolution) The reasons are too complex to delve
into here, but suffice to say, many were major fails.

So then I
would have to say that they are doing pretty good overall. The road they
are on is still rocky, and they had a big lesson in how parliamentary
government works in the last election, when the winning party was left
holding the short end of the stick. I'll bet the next time they will
work much harder at building a coalition. What I did find remarkable was
the level of participation, in the midst of terrible poverty, as well
as threats of violent action the vast majority (over 90% if I remember
correctly) turned out to vote, and voted joyfully! Shame on us for our
30 - 40% if we are lucky turnouts.

So let's be a little more
patient with the Iraqi people, and give them the time and grace to work
out this new system of popular government. Let us support them in our
words, thoughts and prayers as they travel down a road they (most
anyway) didn't even know existed 10 years ago. Progress is being made,
maybe not as fast as we would like, but probably as fast as is possible
under the circumstances. Remember good things come to those who wait.

Trust but Verify --- R Reagan Suspect

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."1 Thessalonians 5:14–18

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