Basra: Emerging democracy, disappearing freedoms

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    hmm. well . um. er. :terror:
     
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    Over what, the content of the article?
     
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    Anything specific.

    You're making this very hard. Are you not feeling well?
     
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    The fear has been lurking within me, and I
    have never voiced it until now, that we may
    end up with something worse than Saddam
    in the form of another Islamic theocracy no
    closer to to the superior ideals and practices
    of Western governance than any of several
    other monstrocities in the Muslim world.

    Worse, suppose they start in on a nuclear
    WMD program? They have the same ability
    to do so that Saddam did.
     
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    It's not surprising to see control stemming from the religious community making a come back. I think it's safe to say that most Iraqis identify strongly with a tribe, and are more loyal to their clans or tribes than to the government. Your lineage determines your position and the closer your family tree can be traced to Mohammad (or whomever) the better. This not only applies to Imams, it applies to everyone. Saddam was not above manipulating of tribal identity and tribal values for his own benefit, that never went away, only control of the general population by the religious community was eliminated (supposedly).
     

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