http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/07/international/middleeast/07PREX.html Can Democracy Be Forced? Many have argued since the lead up into war with Iraq, that the objective for the US in that war torn region of the world has very little to do with freeing the people of those tyrannical regimes for peace sake, but in an effort to further champion the Democratic cause. In a search of the American Heritage dictionary is says that Democracy is "1. Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives." Which would lead one to understand that in order to achive a Democratic governance you "the people" must first achive a Democratic governace. Democracy seems to be a state that must be gained "by the people". To be given Democracy is in essence mearly exchanging one ruler for another. In Iraq we do see the budding of a democratic movement but as many have feared the outcome of that movement may not be in the best interest of the Western world. The idea that the American government can create, force, or promote a truely democratic nation within Iraq is pure non-sense. A oil rich majority Shiite nation Iraq, living side by side with another oil rich shiite nation Iran, is clearly a recipe for disaster to the western world. The US through its actions before during and since the end of major combat in Iraq attest to the fact that a Shiite dominated Iraq will not be allowed to develop. Yet isnt that what democracy is? Allowing the people, in this case a muslim people to make their own choices, to find their own destiny without a over seer over seeing? It seems that had communism won out during the cold war Russia would be slowly converting the worlds democracies into communist regimes, "Castro would have been in Central Park watching the execution trials of democratic leaders" (Chris Matthews Hardball). But since Democracy won the US and its allies are force feeding the ideals of Democracy down the throats of the collective world. The problem with this is that Democracy cannot be forced, and if it is it is not a democracy. Chalabi one of the 25 Iraqi governing council members clearly was chosen to represent the American interest in his reign as the new Iraqi leader. But the people of Iraq did not accept Chalabi once the US brought him in. That is an example of pure Democracy. "New York Times Blue Print For A Mess"(http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/02/magazine/02IRAQ.html) Now the Bush administration is attempting to use the entire hand picked council of former Iraqi exiles as a puppet government ( see Hamid Karizai). They will succeed in creating a new Iraq but without free and open elections from top to bottom they will not have created a democracy but another form of dictatorship. "If the people are sufficiently intimidated ,if the popular organizations are sufficiently destroyed, if the people have it beaten into their heads that either they accept the rule of those with the guns or else they live and die in unrelieved misery, then your elections will all come out the way you want." -Noam Chomsky 'Secrets, lies and democracy' Can Democracy be forced?