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February 18, 2005

Democracy's gates open in Iraq and the Islamic world

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

From a blogger that is a Middle Eastern Area Studies and Arab Language undergraduate student in Jordan, one always finds a good read...

- Terrorism Unveiled
An op-ed by Jonathan Powers today in the Jordan Times today concludes,

Bush and Blair made a profound mistake in assuming that the path to democracy in the Middle East could only be cleared by war. It was an unnecessary step. It could have come about without the bloodshed, by forceful evolution. Nevertheless, at the onset of 2005 , we stand before the gates of Islamic democracy and human rights observance. They are opening.

The path to democracy in the Middle East could only be declared by liberation. Rigid political and social institutions sealed off the "evolution" of democracy.  If anything, these areas were regressing away from democracy rather than to it.  Fortunately this forceful transformation brought on by military intervention has given voice to millions of formerally oppressed Arabs.  Now, countless lives have been saved and unncessary bloodshed at the hands of selected tyrants has been avoided.

Posted by Hyscience at February 18, 2005 12:47 AM

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