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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Growing Impatience and Unrealistic Expectations for Iraq

It seems that one of the most currently debated points in politics is whether or not there is civil war in Iraq. To me, this seems to be a useless point. Yes, it is true that there is violence, but it is seemingly chaotic, without a full strategy. But whatever your opinion may be, hopefully everyone can agree that there is violence in Iraq that is best stopped as soon as possible. The question then remains- Will the violence decrease or increase, and what can we do to lower the amount of violence?

Firstly, the way I view the Iraqi people is this: They have just been freed from an oppressive government. It is unrealistic to expect a newly free society to be able to shift into a functional democracy smoothly and quickly. Let’s not forget our own origins. Although we declared our freedom in 1776, we did not have our constitution until 1787 (11 years later). We did not have our first President until 1789 (13 years later). And we also had our problems (Shay’s rebellion, etc.).

So, looking at what has been done in Iraq in such a short amount of time, and considering that we are facing violent groups with absolutely no apparent self-control, morality, or value of life, the progress is amazing. It is completely unwarranted to say that Iraq is hopeless, or that it can only get worse. After all, who are we to say so? Even when we thought our problems had been solved, we had a complete civil war that almost destroyed our country, and killed nearly 700,000 Americans.

But what can be done to discourage this violence? The problem will be solved when all can learn to bring ideas to the table, instead of the rooftops. They need a form of government that will allow all people an equal voice. Basically, they need to learn democracy.

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