A major pillar of the US “war on terror,” the US led invasion of Iraq, intended to win over the “hearts and minds” of the Islamic population and rid the Middle East of terrorist “safe havens” through brute force and the promotion of democratic political systems. As Martha Crenshaw notes, this was an attempt to strike back at a form of “new terrorism” that was no longer characterized by state actors, but decentralized groups determined to oppose
First let’s examine the progress reports hailed by Colonel Gary Anderson as obvious successes of
Casting a ballot does not automatically transform a political system into a liberal democracy, nor is it a legitimate measure of success, effective checks and balances or constitutionally guaranteed/protected freedoms. For example, in
The difference here is between what Ignateiff describes as minimal democracy and maximal democracy. I think we can all agree that
What types of democracy will be prevalent within countries such as
Michael Ignatieff. "Iranian Lessons." New York Times, July 17, 2005.