07 May 2007

Eighth Tuesday Topic

Describe the political and governmental format for Iraq that you feel gives Iraq its best chance at long-term peace.

What do you see as potential pitfalls of other systems?



At 25 June, 2007 11:30 , Der Baron von Bornstein said...

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At 26 June, 2007 15:26 , Der Baron von Bornstein said...

We see that often, countries born of a violent revolution continue from that revolution with violence. America, fighting against the foreign menace of the British, has waged upwards of ten wars against a 'foreign menace'. The Soviet Union, born of a revolution against it's predecessors leaders, waged Red Terrors against it's people time after time to beat them into submission. Outside of it's borders, the Soviet Union expanded it's borders, time after time after time.

On the other hand, we have countries that revolutionized without war against an outside or an inside menace. Sweden, after a failed war, introduced parliamentarism in 1719, granting several civil liberties and making the king a symbolic head of state with no formal power. A very similar situation gave rise to the modern Norwegian state. The Norwegian constitution was signed in 1814, transforming Norway from an absolute monarchy into a constitutional one, with the king having little to no formal power.

It doesn't matter what the political and governmental format will be for Iraq in the future; if long term peace is what is being sought, all parties need to have a say in the matter, and the very ethos of the new Iraqi 'state(s)' will have to begin with peace and understanding. As long as there are foreign military and economic interests pulling strings in the region, there it will be impossible to autonomously come to peaceful situation.

Regarding the political and governmental format- Norway originally modeled her Constitution on the American constitution. Civil Liberties is a must, Separation of Church/Mosque and State is a Must, and given the extreme poverty of many of the people in the region, an overarching system that grants Health and Education is also a Must. Autonomy from outside interests is also a Must.

Again, though, regardless of how the system is set up, moving into the system must be done mindfully and fairly, with the entire world helping. The UN Must be a part of the process, being the only worldwide governing body. Once such 'state(s)' have been set up, and I stress again, autonomy must be mandated, economic and military interests in the region must be guarded against, to maintain peace in the region. Once money and military is brought into a system, class is created and thus; class war.

(sorry, had to edit)


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