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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Whither Goest Our Democracy Project?


We are a nation with a history of making the world a better place. We brought Democracy to the world. In the Civil War, we fought again for the greater establishment of Democracy when we realized that we could no longer tolerate the sin of slavery. We pulled Europe out of its private circle of hell in WWI, we beat back the demonic forces of Nazism and Japanese barbarity in WWII, and we braved the poisonous seas of diplomatic sorcery in bringing the Soviet Union to an end.

We want to and, indeed, we need to believe we are doing good in order to gather the strength to go on.

The recent revelation that Abdul Rahman could be tried, found guilty, and executed for the "apostasy" of converting from Islam to Christianity in Afghanistan, has, seemingly, rendered our efforts, in that godforsaken country, useless. The reality is, life is better for Afghanis than it was under the Taliban. Women now go to school and learn to read. Schools are being built, and infrastructure is being put in place, and the Islamofascist circus of public beheadings is no longer prime entertainment in the public squares and stadiums of Afghanistan.

But, that is not enough. How could we be a partner in the creation of a Sharia state, however, relatively, benign? And, if Afghanistan has gone medieval on our watch, what does that bode for Iraq? Have we spent thousands of lives, and hundreds of billions of dollars, to install the same old bosses in the Arab world?

At Belmont Club, Wretchard points out that Francis Fukuyama, George Will, and William F. Buckley have all become sibilant seamstresses stitchhing together their white flags of surrender. Like tired lounge musicians, they vamp in repetition on pathetic choruses of "the Arabs just don't want to be free."Such is the postmodern, multicultural bigotry of conservatives without vision.

And whose fault is all this, ultimately?

It is George Bush's fault for not learning the lessons of our own American history. In Japan, we turned an alien culture bent of barbarity, enamored with suicide warriors, inured in a squalid honor/shame mentality, into a modern capitalistic democracy. And, how did we do it?

Well, let me be blunt. We did it through something very akin to fascism. We forced the Japanese to quit their ugly habits at the point of a very sharp sword.

Why did we do this?

Because, we believe that freedom beats in the breast of all human beings. We believe that men are all created equal to pursue their own idea of happiness, and to live without the fear of expressing themselves in worship, creation, or against the hand that feeds. In short, we forced the Japanese to learn freedom and democracy because we believed they would be better off.

To an American, any other course for life is a Satanic lie.

Oh yes, indeed, the Buckleys, Wills, and Fukuyamas of the world have practical reasons for why Iraqis/Arabs/Muslims can not govern themselves morally. You see, they have too many "animosities," history is too viscous for change, traditional hatreds trump progress:


These arguments essentially say that while America can win the military struggle in Iraq it can never win the political struggle. The reasons may vary. Maybe "Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable"; maybe the country "lacks a Washington, a Madison, a Marshall"; or maybe it plain "doesn't want it" -- some form of democracy that is. But whatever the cause, so the argument goes, any success in the military field is negated by the "fact" that the political battle is unwinnable. Therefore the campaign as a whole must fail.

Of course the argument is valid only if the US in fact loses the political struggle. If the US wins the political struggle in some meaningful sense then the whole syllogism falls apart. Because the entire issue pivots on an empirical question it's important to examine just what US policymakers are trying to achieve in current negotiations to form an Iraqi unity government.


Wretchard points to an article by David Ignatius which avoids the totems of fear which lead to hopelessness by outlining the specifics of the Iraqi rifts which are delaying Democracy:


Khalilzad recounted the items that the Iraqi political factions have agreed on in private negotiations over the past month. On Sunday, the leaders signed off on the last of these planks of a government of national unity. The Iraqis have saved the hardest issue for last -- the names of the politicians who will hold the top jobs. That bitter fight will play out over the next several weeks. ... given where Iraq was six months ago -- when Sunni and Shiite leaders were barely talking -- their agreement on the framework for a unity government is important. These negotiations may not succeed, but they are not a fairy-tale fantasy, as some critics argue. "All the elements of the deal are there, up in the air, and they could come down and click into place," Kurdish leader Barham Salih told me by telephone from Iraq. "We have come to the real crunch."It seems the real disagreements arise over the practical matter of how to share the oil revenue.

The real force driving the formation of a Unity Government is not some desire to satisfy an American obsession with spreading democracy so much as the need to come to agreements over oil and security. All the ethnic groups in Iraq want to share in the oil revenues. The Sunni need a share in oil revenues of which they have none themselves; while the Kurds and Shi'a need to agree how to tranship and manage the oil resources in their areas. Without a negotiated settlement under a Unity Government, the Sunnis, Shi'ites and Kurds would have to fight for territory and oil resources. It is better to conclude a series of agreements to be administered by a Unity Government than escort every barrel of oil by force of arms to the market.


This should not be a surprise to us. It is a truism as old as Adam Smith that the free market principle of disparate selfishnesses creates the invisible hand which guides our society forward.

However, I believe we must learn from our failures in Afghanistan. Order is not the priority of democracy, freedom is. We can not allow Iraq to become a rigid Islamofascist state administered by purveyors of crude. We must, once again, find the courage of our convictions, the faith of our fathers. We must believe in our own Declaration of Independence and our own Constitution. We must know with a fervor that it is for everyone, and we must become willing to impose it at the point of a gun.

This may seem like an oxymoron, the imposition of freedom by force of arms, but forcing one's worldview on another is the essence of war. So, the question isn't whether my point is accurate. Instead, the question is, do we think our worldview is better.

If we do not, then what is worth going to war for?
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14 Comments:

Blogger George Mason said...

You ask: " Instead, the question is, do we think our worldview is better. If we do not, then what is worth going to war for?"

Answers: YES, our worldview and entire set of reality-based and reason-based principles (minus the more recent crap) is SUPERIOR. The WEST is SUPERIOR; its flaws pale compared to any of the rest of the second, third, fourth, etc. worlds. Let's celebrate it! Let's drive these multiculturalists nuts by standing up for us, now and forever. And, if the others want to come along, good. If not, to hell with them.

As for going to war, if you do not plan to win, don't go to war. If you do plan to win, give it your all. Since the Mad Hatter Truman from Missouri, we have not fought any war to WIN IT! Reagan won that pip-squeak island, but who can take pride in that? If we go to war, we must crush the enemy as quickly as possible and as completely as possible to extinguish any hope in that enemy of winning or fighting further. THAT shortens wars and saves LIVES and a whole lot of treasure.

The stew we are in in Iraq is a result of the second class thinking of all the Bushies, including the main Bush. They went in to be "compassionate conservatives," and they succeeded in that becoming their sole accomplishment, one not worth a single damn. However, we have paid and will pay terrible, and dare I say--avoidable--costs.

Too many people, for too many years have been trying to make us Americans feel guilt about: being American, , being successful, becoming rich through the foregoing, and--these days--just existing. Add to that all the religions of the world which preach that any form of selfishishness can be only bad, that self-sacrifice for others is the only moral position. Rational selfishness undercuts all these secular and religious statist bums. To hell with them too.

Let's be PROUD to be Americans, PROUD to uphold capitalism and its freedom and opportunities, and PROUD that we are concerned with our very proper self-interest whether the rest of the world agrees or not.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 12:22:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Well said.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 12:33:00 am  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Headline in today's WaPo "Democracy In Iraq Not A Priority in U.S. Budget" by Peter Baker.

Anyone interested in reading the article can find the entire piece by using the search box this site.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 2:25:00 am  
Blogger dag said...

It's taken me nearly a full year to get this far into my blog, an elaboration of my themes at jihadwatch wehre I've made myself unpopular by writng about the nature of combat and victory in war.

Over the two years I wrote at jihadwatch I proposed seemingly radical ideas that are now becoming mainstream. My blog is an attempt to unify the themes and to present a clear and coherent mss. on the nature of our struggle from an historical and contempory perspective.

For those who wish to get a jump on the work itself, please refer to "William Walker" and the "Melian Dialogue."

Ill wrap up at the end of May, and in the meantime, while I continue to compose here, I would like as much input from others as possible. Once I'm done with the blog I'll be out of touch for the revision period, so the time is roughly now.

Thanks, Dag, aka sonowalker.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 3:11:00 am  
Blogger Charles Martel said...

As long as the stench of Islam permeates any country Democracy will fail. Sorry folks, but that's the bottom line. We do not have the stomach or the will to impose our system of government on these people. The draconian measures required would be too much. We barely have the will to keep the left from dominating our own country. The rot of multiculturalism is destroying Western Civilization. The best we can hope for is that the Islamic savages overplay their hand. Even then, we've grown very soft and may not be able to muster the will to destroy the enemy. Until and unless we are willing to stop ALL Muslim immigration, shut down all Mosques, and kick the bastards out we cannot be deemed serious in this war.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 3:39:00 am  
Blogger Charles Martel said...

DITTO, George Mason (PBUH)!!! We must rekindle the fires of nationalism and pride. We must not be afraid to be judgmental. And let us not be afraid to shout from the highest, that while we are not perfect and while we do make mistakes, we are a force for GOOD in the world.

God Bless AMERICA!!!

Thursday, April 06, 2006 3:42:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Charles,
I agree with you; the best we can hope for is that the islamoidiots will overplay their hand.

And they will. You can count on that.

I don't doubt that we will destroy them once they do.

We are a very savage people.

Human nature does not change over time. Yes, trends change, and now it trendy to be a pussy. That will not continue.

My efforts have been directed towards waking people up before millions will have to die.

My efforts, and the efforts of many other bloggers have already lost. I am now convinced that millions will die before this is over.

This saddens me greatly.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 4:05:00 am  
Blogger Rastaman said...

Don't get too sad too fast. Greed will yet save us all.
I figured back at the start of the, really, poorly planned affair in Iraq, that we were going after the oil before Saddam made his deal with the Chinese. I have no problem with that tho I did get pretty pissed about the overtly blatant lies about the why of it all. Al Queda was there, yeah, but it was the OIL!
Ok, anyway, the Western world depends on all that Islamic controlled oil and as long as the West can play patty cake with the fascists and still get the oil, we will. But the day is fast coming when their greed will rise above our own. I hear oil hit $67 a barrel today, a new record. If it goes much higher it will start wrecking economies. Annnnd... I bet the A-rabs will pull a Russia and threaten to, or actually, shut off the supply in order to screw up our economies even more. Either way, it's not going to be long before we go to war and blow hell out of them and take their oil fields away from them entirely.
Now,as to all those millions dying, as long as it's muslims that's ok. As the man said, if we want them to become democratic instead of fascist we have to change their point of view with the point of a gun. It's us who have been declared war on, by them. So be it.

BTW can I get a reciprocal linkback to http://www.islamanazi.com ?

Thursday, April 06, 2006 4:21:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Rastaman,
Your site looks good. Can you send me stuff about your history?

Thursday, April 06, 2006 4:29:00 am  
Blogger Stogie said...

I agree with Charles Martel that (1)democracy cannot be a long-term phenomenon in any country of devout Muslims, as they will exercise their vote to enact Sharia; and (2)they are not analogous to our reformation of imperial Japan because Japan's militarism was not based on deeply held religious beliefs. The Emperor helped us by admitting to his people that he was not divine.

The only way to bring an Islamic country into the 21st Century is to eradicate Islam ideology, and we don't have the stomach for it.

A better solution is to isolate the Islamic world, greatly restrict immigration of Muslims into the West, and seek energy independence so we can minimize our contact with them.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 5:38:00 am  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Pastorius,
the islamoidiots will overplay their hand.

And they will. You can count on that.

I don't doubt that we will destroy them once they do


It's the nature of their overplaying which worries me.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 10:51:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

AOW,
It's their nature of overplaying which worries you?

Yeah, no kidding.

Stogie,

You say Japanese militarism was not based on deeply held religious beliefs? That's a bit hard for me to believe, considering they were willing to kill themselves via the most grotesque means.

Could you elaborate. And, keep in mind that worship of the state, and of the "volk", can itself be a religion.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 11:42:00 am  
Blogger Pim's Ghost said...

Buckley just did an interview in which he did some actual praising of Hillary Clinton. He is my long-time hero, and I'm pretty disturbed by his more recent statements. I'm getting worried that he's just losing it.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 1:23:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

PG,

Gee, do you think?

Thursday, April 06, 2006 5:12:00 pm  

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