Re: MD The Quality of removing Saddam Hussein from power.

From: Elizaphanian (
Date: Sun Apr 20 2003 - 17:53:16 BST

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    Hi Steve, Wim, all,

    Getting rid of Saddam was indeed only a part of the process, and by far the
    most difficult part is still to come. Establishing the rule of law is
    undoubtedly the most important priority, within which the next priorities,
    eg aid, civil government and administration, justice institutions etc, can
    then develop. Only at that point might some form of representative
    government emerge - you could think of it as the difference between level
    2/3 boundary institutions and level 3/4 boundary institutions. You can only
    have the latter if the former are well entrenched.

    I am not all that worried about religious leaders gaining prominence. If
    Iraq follows the path of Iran towards something theocratic, then I would not
    have a problem with that (for various reasons). Democracy is not the only
    valid form of level 3/4 boundary institution, and it may be that Islamic
    culture develops its own variety. I might be in a minority (again) in that

    If only the UK could now turn its attention to Zimbabwe.


    "...the clash between us and them is not a military clash. Oh, no. It is a
    cultural one, a religious one. And our military victories do not solve the
    offensive of Islamic terrorism. On the contrary, they encourage it. They
    exacerbate it, they multiply it. The worst is still to come."
    Oriana Fallaci

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