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A Pledge To A Better America – Saddam Hussein’s Execution Fallout December 31, 2006

Posted by Dan in Main, Middle East, Must Read, News, Politics, Snipets, War.
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There has been a lot of talk following the hanging of Saddam Hussein about whether or not it was an appropriate punishment; if any good would come from it. The truth is, there is no one solution that will satisfy everyone. However, we must work towards a solution that satisfies mostly everyone. Sometimes this means hanging our heads in defeat, and sometimes it just means hanging heads. (Horribly insensitive pun intended)

In this case, we were forced to watch a dictator killed for running his own country in the manner that he saw fit. This is something no one really talks about. Where do we get our justification to hold other nations to the laws we live by? In other words, how do we know our laws are the right laws? The true nature of democracy is when the population of a country runs its own government. So doesn’t this mean that real democracy can only be brought about as a revolution of the people, rather than from the imposition of outside forces?

Just War Theory states that, if a foreign leader is oppressing his own people so badly that they are unable to revolt to save themselves, it is the duty of neighboring countries to remove that leader from power and install a more “people friendly” government. So the question becomes, was the population of Iraq so oppressed that internal revolt became impossible?

I believe this was the case, however things are more complicated then that. As it appears now, Iraq was a tenuous hodgepodge of various ethnic groups held together by the glue of a semi-brutal dictatorship (see Hitler’s for an example of fully brutal), not a united force opposed to the existing government. And so, upon removing that dictator, the country promptly fell apart. Everyone began fighting for power in the newly established “free power marketplace” called immature democracy.

The reason why America’s democracy has been so successful is because the population of America was forced to unite in order to defeat the British during our Revolution. We were 13 independent colonies, with independent governments subservient to England, but we joined and fought as one to win our freedom. The military leader of that Revolution became our first President, and some say that our country would never have gotten off the ground were someone else elected first. The Iraqi’s have no such heros. There was no “united we live, dived we fall” sentiment, and as a result, there was no clear succession of power. There are no founding fathers with a hard-fought Declaration of Rights. Division is why Iraq is failing.

As a result of this colossal oversight, I believe the Bush Presidency will go down in history as one of the worst on record. The whole war was their idea, spawned from faulty intelligence. However, they have consistently made mistakes at every level of government, and refused to acknowledge or correct them until long after any good could be salvaged. They have made secrecy paramount to our success, when in fact, it is the one thing that will guarantee our failure. Transparency of government is crucial for democracy to function. This is the great failing of the Bush Administration. Their refusal to learn from the history of our nation has led them to make mistakes that should’ve never possible. They do believe in democracy, and no one will fault them for that. In fact, if there is any blame to be had for their mistakes, it is shared by the entire voting population of America. We elected those without the knowledge or experience to effectively run a national government, let alone one as powerful and influential as our own. This war should’ve never happened because Bush should’ve never been elected in the first place! The fact that he was, is our fault.

TO THE REST OF THE WORLD: We are sorry. We took for granted the power of the vote; we did not respect it. We got caught up in the slander that has become campaigning, and allowed lies and misstatements to cloud our judgement. Whether or not we individually voted for or against Bush, as a whole we voted for him, and as a result, brought about the entire mess that followed.

While I can’t speak for everyone, I will speak for myself, and invite others to speak with me:

I will pledge to fully investigate the facts behind electoral candidates, rather than voting along party lines. I will not allow deception and secrecy to become the de facto standard in a society based on transparency of government and freedom of speech. I will protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America by exercising my political right to vote. I will not allow my vote to be bought or cheapened by slanderous political practices. I will strive to make my government the absolute best government it can be, for the people of my country and the people of the world.

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1. truckerswife - December 31, 2006

great videos, you have great coverage that’s why I subscribed to your blog.

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3. A voter’s pledge « Life in Studentia - January 1, 2007

[…] voter’s pledge Jump to Comments The fine folks over at webmerica.org have an interesting take on the power and responsibility ofthe people in a democratic society. I’d like to hop on board here and say that I, too, will adhere to the pledge advocated there: I will pledge to fully investigate the facts behind electoral candidates, rather than voting along party lines. I will not allow deception and secrecy to become the de facto standard in a society based on transparency of government and freedom of speech. I will protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America by exercising my political right to vote. I will not allow my vote to be bought or cheapened by slanderous political practices. I will strive to make my government the absolute best government it can be, for the people of my country and the people of the world. […]

4. thecandytrail - January 1, 2007

Death to Saddam and all evil people; I was areested in Saddam’d IRAQ – i was arrested there

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6. vasiprashanti - January 6, 2007

I really don’t have any words to say . When one cannot give a life to somebody then where is the justice in taking somebody’s life simply on the decision taken by some of the people itself. Nobody has the right to take a life like that. And , moreover, whom are you helping by killing him ? Neither you are doing good to their family nor to the people of Iraq.Then why to take such a decision, that too, after such a long time.
I am really Sorry about all this.


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