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Democratic Iraq Essay

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Just the other day, I was sitting in a cafeteria with a couple of my friends, chatting and discussing the old times of high school. It didn’t take a long time till the content of the discussion took a discriminating dimension. They started to talk about a group of students who became rappers and wore in a different style than ours. They said that they were “freaks” and “Losers,” and that the likes of them are the reason why we never reached a good educational, social, and economic level. I asked myself: How is that relevant? How come a group of teenagers who are interested in a western trait, rapping and wearing in their own special style, can hold the progress of our advance in those aspects? Preposterous, they have nothing to do with it. Thinking about it, I noticed that our “democratic” country that rules based on democratic principles, such as freedom of expression, individual rights and minorities protection of liberty is NOT actually democratic. The people of Iraq have no social tolerance or acceptance, especially before the fall of Saddam. Even among the citizens of Iraq themselves, different ethnicities and backgrounds see each other as inferiors. This is where the problem begins, as been said by Colin Bird, an Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Program in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law at the University of Virginia, ”[i]n every generation freedom is threatened by those who regard the individual person as inferior to some supposed collective whole…” (Bird 52). Therefore, the presence of collective judgment that is imposed on the minority or individuals and reaches the state of excluding those minorities and individuals from social, religious, and economic activities is, without a doubt, undemocratic and offers no real freedom. To embrace the title of democracy, a country must have respect to different viewpoints, and this can only come to be if the people develop tolerance toward differences, which will eventually lead to acceptance. Thus, I believe that Iraq was not worthy of its title as a democratic country in the past couple of years for several reasons, but changes that has occurred since it became an independent country is leading toward the real meaning of democracy.
First of all, I will start to talk about the history of our independence. How Iraq managed to become a “democratic” country was through many revolutions and struggling. Under Saddam Husain, the former president of Iraq who ruled based on a dictatorial system, the idea of rights was never encountered by the people. Iraq’s cities were constantly under abuse of those who worked for Saddam. Civil wars existed. People blamed each other, hated each other, and discriminated each other. Arabs and Kurds, Shia and Sunni traditions of Islam, and Kurds with Kurds and Arabs with Arabs, they all saw each other as almost enemies. The impact of such difficult moments of misunderstanding and hatred toward each other is still existent among the people. It has...

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