Iraq the Model on the prospects for democracy in the Middle East
Omar at Iraq the Model sets out why he remains optimistic about the prospects for democracy in Iraq and across the region. His message: “Take a look at my country and learn from my people and have faith in yourselves because if you keep thinking with such negativity you will never get the change you want. If the people really want something they can achieve it and they will find many hands reaching out for them with support and advice.
“We in Iraq weren’t fully prepared for the change here as well but we took advantage of the moment and we believed that this is what we want. Many spectators were expecting a civil war in Iraq and it didn’t happen and won’t happen and many are still warning of a possible theocracy in Iraq and I believe that this is impossible too.
“Bottom line is: the world has changed, we’re not living in the fifties anymore and when a tyrant is kicked out, no other tyrant can claim his place. Why? Because nothing can be done behind closed doors anymore, the whole world can watch and have a say in almost everything everywhere and the era when thugs could reach power against a nation’s choice is over. The world has simply changed and the change cannot be reversed”. (AJ)