Really busy these days. Might have to work overtime this weekend and a few weekends to come. 🙁 Just want to write down a few thoughts that have been lingering in my mind.
NPR news has been filled with reports on Iraqi situation, whether to hold free-election early and risk a highly religious government installed by the majority of Iraqi voters.
I remember reading Where is Raed late summer and he was praying that the Americans would stay longer, otherwise, free election in current climate would for sure result in Mullah rule, thus converting Iraqi into another Iran.
But that is the price of democracy, isn¡¯t it? Majorities will is the will of the country, isn¡¯t that the definition of democracy, even when majorities will doesn¡¯t reflect the will of the US or the will of the western world? It is, after all, Iraqis¡¯ decision.
Maybe just like how an individual starts out as a hot-headed youth, goes through the period of many mistakes, and then he learns from the mistakes and mellows out. It was the growing pain. Countries have to go through a similar process. Just look at Iran! Over-imposed models don¡¯t work, at least not in that feverish land. Democracy could either ¡°grow out¡±* of a fanatic movement, like Iran has; or it could be slowly and spoonfed by its own iron-fist dictator, like Turkey.
*I understand ¡°grow out¡± is a misleading word. I have no intention of praising fanatic movement or credit any achievement to such madness. However, when a fanatic movement like the one Iran has endured happens to a country, its citizen soon or later will realize how ridiculous it is and fight for a more rational government. Culture Revolution came to mind as another example. In a way, it is probably a phase that¡¯s meant to happen to a particular country. The genius of democracy is the trust one places on ¡°majorities¡±, on average Joe¡¯s common sense. If one believes in democracy, one should believe in our fellow human beings to have the ability to govern and to tell good from evil, right from wrong, and sooner or later, a better model would emerge and be perfected slowly. But it must be an organic process.