YouTube - Family Guy - Visiting Ground ZeroThe one where the threat that was Saddam was eliminated
anf Iraq was left as a self-standing democracy.Democracy Index - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia116 Iraq 4.00 Hybrid regime Parliamentary Republic
They're 116 out of 167 and if they had 0.01 point less it would be considered as "authoritarian". But if you compare with friendly allies like Kuwait (129 ; 3.39 ;Authoritarian regime) or Saudi Arabia (161 ; 1.90 Authoritarian regime ; Islamic absolute monarchy), yeah I guess you can nearly call Iraq "democratic"
However if you compare the civil rights, Iraqi are even less free than Iranians!!!!
Freedom in the World (report) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As for corruption, only Afghanistan and Somalia score less than our cherished Iraqi democracy
Corruption Perceptions Index - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
edit: Moreover, I don't think the relevant comparison is current Iraq to its current neighbors, but current Iraq to pre-war Iraq. According to Freedom House, it's substantially more free today than it was in 2002.
Last edited by RightinNYC; 08-19-10 at 03:04 PM.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
As for the comparison with some neighboring countries, it's to show the hypocrisy of invading a country under the pretext of "spreading democracy" while your best ally in the region is the most dictatorial regime in the world, next to North Korea.
When you give someone almost a year of advanced notice while you beg and plead the UN to follow through after Hussein's repeated dismissals of their inspection requirements........you can move WMD anywhere you want. You can make them virtually disappear.
One day, we'll know the truth in all of this...maybe. Right now, we don't.