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Monday, January 31, 2005

Iraq, The Democracy

Just in case you've been living in a hole under a shack in the middle of the desert, you should know that Iraq voted this past weekend. It seems to be an unqualified success so far, which is great news for everyone. I actually think that this will have an impact on security. When people don't own something they tend to lose interest in protecting it. For instance, rental property is almost always in worse shape then owned property, and crime rates around rentals are always higher as well. Up until this point, Iraqis have been living in a rented country (and I say this not only with regard to the US, but also with regard to Saddam, and many leaders before him).

These elections will create a sense of ownership for Iraqi citizens, and defending their country will become a noble pursuit. I think that up until this point helping the US military to maintain stability caused citizens to become stigmatized. Now, that should all change.

I also think that Iraqi citizens, even though they are not as well equipped, can do a better job of defending their own country just because they know their own country.

Perhaps this is overly optimistic, but it makes sense, and I hope that I'm correct.

For more info, click on pretty much anyone on the blogroll, but don't miss Professors Althouse and Smith. (And help out professor Althouse at Kevin Drum's site here.)

Glenn has a good roundup of everyone else, as per usual.

Dan Drezner's open thread is more interesting than most open threads.

Andrew is a must-read.

As is this post by Arthur Chrenkoff.

Check out Stephen Karlson too.

There's a lot out there, and you really can't go wrong.


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