Former and deposed President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, sits before an Iraqi judge at a courthouse in Baghdad, Iraq, where he has his initial interview to inform him of what he is being investigated for and his legal rights read to him on July, 2004. (Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen/U.S. Air Force)
The world is embattled in endless conflict. Our government is collapsing a little more every day, and yet the United States is doing its best to force its unproven form of government onto the world.
After 9/11, the Bush Administration raced toward Iraq using the terrorist attack as an excuse to oust Saddam Hussein, despite Iraq not being involved in the attacks.
The might of the American military stormed Iraq’s sovereign territory after Hussein didn’t turn over the weapons of mass destruction that he didn’t have.
After strutting into the country, guns blazing, the United States captured Hussein and served him up to the Iraqi people on a silver platter. We could have brought him back the U.S. or Guantanamo Bay, but we “didn’t want to interfere.”
Now, that poorly-disguised, illegal American assassination of the foreign head-of-state is costing the world dearly.
We swooped in and helped the Iraqis execute their leader, but then we put our hands up in the air and said, “We don’t want to get involved in your internal politics.” After that, we took the liberty of “installing” democracy, which really means we put in a government that would be more agreeable to our interests in the world.
It turns out that the completely legitimate, “unprovoked” regime change didn’t go so well for anyone.
The American-contrived government in Iraq collapsed at the first sign of an ISIS attack. Democracy couldn’t solve problems in the region, and probably didn’t even help it.
Hussein was a vicious tyrant, but he kept the region in unparalleled check. The U.S. could never hope to achieve the stability Hussein created. The region was not perfect by any means, but the people who eventually became ISIS also feared Hussein as a vicious dictator.
After Hussein was deposed, his political party, the Ba’ath Party, was ousted, forcing much of Iraq’s military out. But kindly, the now-bitter people who had already lived under a tyrant were allowed to keep their weapons.
As soon as ISIS began its charge through the region, the American-supported Iraqi military collapsed, forcing the U.S. to enter, once again, the ongoing turmoil in the region.
The “democracy” we put into power has failed. It’s really quite shocking considering how successful our democracy is working at home. At home we supposedly voice opinions, settle our differences and pass laws that are in the best interest of our citizens without delay.
In reality, our government is broken. We can’t agree on anything and the state of politics is just short of extremism.
Regardless of how unproductive we are, we still spread our time untested governmental structure throughout the world collapsing one region at a time. Democracy is the new Christian missionary, only without the productivity or successful conversion.