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American-style democracy unsuitable for Iraq

By Wen Xian (People's Daily)

16:58, February 23, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The United States, which thought it was able to do anything, now finds itself helpless in fixing the terrible mess in Iraq.

The Iraqi war has caused many hidden problems in the Greater Middle East. The United States finds itself helpless in preventing Iraq's domestic and international social, economic, and religious disputes from escalating.

U.S. President Barack Obama said that the United States is leaving behind "a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq," but that is not the case at all. The American-style democracy is completely unsuitable for Iraq, and has obviously been rejected by the country.

Human Rights Watch said in the Iraq chapter of its annual report that Iraq's Shiite-led government has cracked down harshly on dissents, turning the country into a "budding police state." "Iraq is quickly slipping back into authoritarianism, despite U.S. government assurances that it helped create a stable democracy (in Iraq)," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director for the New York-based group.

The severe security situation in Iraq is another major headache for the United States. Shortly after the withdrawal of U.S. troops, terrorist organizations have reignited violence in Iraq. On three different days in the month since the withdrawal, the daily death toll rose past 60, and on more than a dozen days, the toll was more than 10.

In this context, the United States frequent use of UAVs over the skies of Iraq received complaints from the country. Nuland, U.S. State Department spokesman, said the move was intended to protect the U.S. diplomats, but the Baghdad officials were furious about the unauthorized reconnaissance.

Some analysis indicated that while delighted at the withdrawal of the U.S. troops, the Iraqi people are now worried about losing the hard-won sovereignty. The return of UAVs, which had long been hovering over the Baghdad skies as a sign of conquest, will be a severe blow to the pride of the Iraqi people.

Uncertainties in the evolvement of regional powers pattern after the withdrawal of the U.S. troops, notably the Iranian movement, had been a great concern to the United States. Some U.S. officials said in start terms that while Iraq and Iran are both ruled by Shiite Muslims, the former is bound to come under a stronger influence from the latter.

Alterman, director of the Middle East Program at CSIS said that how Baghdad would side on the issue of regional security will weigh heavily on the U.S.-Iraq relation. Of great concern to the United States is that Iraq would become a country that allows free passage of "bad guys" or is instrumental in easing regional tension. Some analysis went further to assert that Maliki has not earned the U.S. trust as yet.

The War of Iraq is a painful memory for the U.S. public and a wound into which salt is continuously rubbed. In the election year, the Obama administration will try to cover itself with glory from ending the War of Iraq, and to clear up the mess. However, it is in doubt whether the Iraqi government will act in total obedience to the United States.


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maximus at 2012-02-25173.254.216.*
Iraq should join Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan in a Greater Persian Union in order to ward off being sucked into America's orbit, and preserve their independence, sovereignty and civilization. Let it be a snub to Washington for their war mongering and questionable world domination aims. Let it come up with a new governing system that is representative yet secure.
PD User at 2012-02-2524.74.71.*
Mr. Wen Xian, I think that a style way of life of a country doesn"t necesarily represent its system of Governance. There is not styles, tags or types in Democracy, there is only one Genuine Democracy, and it happens when the Nation is ruled by the People Power, not by a corporatocracy, power elite and/or private bankers in it, nothing else. so tell me now what rules the U.S., so that when World Countries are ruled by these global polyarchies there will never be a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant one as it been said in the press article, therefore you know for a fact that Freedom and Democracy only will come from the People of Iraq itself, not by a foreign private agendas or global dictatorship that invades, kills, destroys and causes a problem to a Nation and leave without accountability. These warmongers mercenaries makes profits off war, they don"t care about human rights and/or lives, and for them it"s bussines as usual, and it is called war profeteering for private contracts, war capitalism.
Huoqiao at 2012-02-2575.72.239.*
My poor english spelling is "Demon-cracy".
John at 2012-02-25113.231.241.*
helen- it is unfortunate that President Hu does not seem to share your hatred of America
ming chu at 2012-02-2575.210.120.*
Brainwash America is cause of the main global problem today . I am happy to see the return of Putin as Russian president . He knows how to straighten out the brainwash policy of violation of human right.......Putin warns bluntly to all , esp. US , if you kill me I shall kill you .

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