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They Don’t Build Democracies Like They Used To

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Posted on Apr 15, 2009
U.S. Army / Sgt. Kani Ronningen

Men wait in line to vote at a polling station in Samarra, Iraq.

America promised to bring democracy to Iraq, but more than two months after provisional elections, things have gone from photo-op to fiasco. The New York Times reports on the “threats, intrigue, back-room deal-making, protests, political paralysis and, increasingly, popular discontent” that have come to characterize the Iraqi political process.

If this is a preview of the national contest next winter, President Obama’s troop withdrawal plan could implode.

New York Times:

Two and a half months after the elections, the 14 provinces that voted have only now begun forming provincial councils, the equivalent of state legislatures in the United States. Five provinces, including Babil, Najaf and Basra, still have no functioning governments, despite a deadline that passed last week, as party leaders squabble over the selection of governors, council chairmen and their deputies.

Elections that were supposed to strengthen Iraq’s democracy, unite its ethnic and sectarian factions and begin to improve sorely needed basic services — water, electricity, roads — have instead exposed the fault lines that still threaten the country’s stability.

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By hippie4ever, April 17, 2009 at 12:49 am Link to this comment

Oh, we live in a democracy…a plutocracy of Robber Barons and assorted war profiteers. And when we talk about bringing democracy to Iraq or Afpakistan or whereever, that is code for American Imperialism for its undeclared Empire. Maybe its time to come clean about who we really are, and what we really believe in: backroom deals, economic slavery, fuzzy law, convenience, brute force, environmental plunder, ignorance, rogue police states, anti-intellectualism, greed, crime, monotheism, monolingualism, competition, sexual repression, and Jesus. Yeah, Jesus is gonna save all of us…from hell…but what do you call this life?

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By Bat Guano, April 16, 2009 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment
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They got American style democracy “threats, intrigue, back-room deal-making, protests, political paralysis and, increasingly, popular discontent”.

Where they really expecting anything else.

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By Rodger Lemonde, April 16, 2009 at 7:13 am Link to this comment
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We have a used president and vice president that aren’t doing anything. They claim to know all about Iraq and what it needs. We could call it a democracy bailout. No one would miss them here.

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By Folktruther, April 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm Link to this comment

One of the most important ways that power structures delude the people they rule is by using Big Words that have precisely contrary meanings.  ‘Democracy’ is such a word. In the US its proclaimed meaning is ‘rule by the people’ while its operative meaning is ‘rule by a capitalist plutocracy.’ 

The plotociracy owns and in other ways control the learned and mass media and other truth organs, and through them and their money the two political parties as well.  US operative Democracy is allowing the people to elect one of two candidates nominated and vetted by the plutocracy, both of whom claim to represent the people.

Consequently we can get the absurditeis that routinely appear in the American mainstream and progressive media. That we are imposing Democracy on a population by killing over a million of their people and making refugees out of five million.  And that the US War on Terrorism is intended to impose Democracy. 

If a foreign leader supports US policy, he is Democratic or at least ‘Modereate.’  If he opposes it, even if he is elected in fair elections, he is a dictator or Terrorist.

The obscurantism of the US mainstream and liberal truth, makes it almost impossible to communicate clearly in a simple way about political and social reality.  The double meaning of the Big Words creates a doubletruth which obfuscates clear political and social discourse.  It leads to the famous concept of ORWELL, doublthink.  This is the ability to hold two incompatible thoughts in one’s head at the same time, and believe both of them.

So the population simply turns its back on the power system and confines itself to personal life.  So the common interests of the popualation are not promoted, and as the power system ages, class inequeality and power inequality increases between the population and power system.  This is what has happened historically in the US.

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By jr., April 15, 2009 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment

Democracy imposed; what’s wrong with that picture?  Your’s is going to be a “democratic” state if we’ve got to force feed it, shove it down your throats.

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By NYCartist, April 15, 2009 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment

First sentence should qualify this article to go under the heading “Comedy”.

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By samosamo, April 15, 2009 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment

This isn’t about democracy in other countries, it is still that goddamn monster milton friedman’s ‘unfettered market’ markets in play, in play with all the criminals inherent in any economic system that is unregulated, evidenced by all those “threats, intrigue, back-room deal-making, protests, political paralysis and, increasingly, popular discontent”. Imperial america’s handy work still blazing along at full speed. The few raping the many for profits and fun.

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