"You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out." - William Tecumseh Sherman

Name: The General
Location: Sacramento, California, United States

Reading

Previous
-> Austrian Economics Forum

-> The New Right

-> Mises on Rand

-> Iraqi Elections

-> I know I'm early, but...

-> Cox and Forkum - Ayn Rand Centenary

-> Name Change...

-> Blogging Forecast...

-> George Reisman

-> Cox and Forkum - Balancing Act


Archives
07/18/2004 - 07/25/2004

07/25/2004 - 08/01/2004

08/01/2004 - 08/08/2004

08/08/2004 - 08/15/2004

08/15/2004 - 08/22/2004

08/22/2004 - 08/29/2004

08/29/2004 - 09/05/2004

09/05/2004 - 09/12/2004

09/12/2004 - 09/19/2004

09/19/2004 - 09/26/2004

09/26/2004 - 10/03/2004

10/03/2004 - 10/10/2004

10/10/2004 - 10/17/2004

10/17/2004 - 10/24/2004

10/24/2004 - 10/31/2004

10/31/2004 - 11/07/2004

11/07/2004 - 11/14/2004

11/14/2004 - 11/21/2004

11/21/2004 - 11/28/2004

11/28/2004 - 12/05/2004

12/05/2004 - 12/12/2004

12/12/2004 - 12/19/2004

12/19/2004 - 12/26/2004

12/26/2004 - 01/02/2005

01/02/2005 - 01/09/2005

01/09/2005 - 01/16/2005

01/16/2005 - 01/23/2005

01/23/2005 - 01/30/2005

01/30/2005 - 02/06/2005

02/06/2005 - 02/13/2005

02/13/2005 - 02/20/2005

02/20/2005 - 02/27/2005

02/27/2005 - 03/06/2005

03/06/2005 - 03/13/2005

03/13/2005 - 03/20/2005

03/20/2005 - 03/27/2005

03/27/2005 - 04/03/2005

04/03/2005 - 04/10/2005

04/10/2005 - 04/17/2005

04/17/2005 - 04/24/2005

07/03/2005 - 07/10/2005

Wednesday, February 09, 2005
  Democracy in Iraq
Many people have been expressing their hopes for the results of the Iraqi elections, and counseling patience before succumbing to pessimism. Some have pointed out that the Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani, the leading Shiite cleric in the world, has openly called for a "quietist" role for Islamic clerics, whereby they would have no direct role in politics. Given that he is the spiritual equivalent of the Pope to most Shiites, this would seem to be a positive development, one foretelling possible progress for Iraq.

Although al-Sistani's "quietist" philosophy sounds promising (especially considering that he was a contemporary of Ayatollah Khomeini, the theocratic leader of the Iranian Islamic revolution), I think such optimism is misplaced. I just finished reading an interesting article in Newsweek on al-Sistani, What Sistani Wants. On the whole the article is pessimistic, though not as much as I am. One paragraph in particular caught my eye, though the reporters seem to have missed its significance(emphasis added):
Sistani will take no part in deciding exactly who will make up the government, Shahristani says. "He refuses even to meet with the alliance now," Shahristani says. "He says, 'You were elected, so it's up to you now. Don't drag me into it'." But he has set down some guidelines that will have to be followed. "He rejects any role for the clerics in the governance or administration of the country," says Shahristani. Al-Rubaie, also a member of the United Iraqi Alliance's executive committee, confirmed that. And Sistani will insist that Islam is the national religion, with no laws that contradict Islamic principles. But at the same time, as he once told a Shia politician, "there is nothing written in the Qur'an about elections." For that, he said, he reads textbooks on democracy.
No clerics in the government is a good thing; Islam as the foundation of the government, let alone as the standard of what will be legal (no laws contradicting Islamic principles) is disastrous, and cannot lead to anything approaching freedom, not in the long run.
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 10:18 PM


<< Home
About
Email Me Blogroll Me

Blogroll

Links
Ayn Rand Institute

Economist George Reisman

Cox and Forkum

Ludwig Von Mises Institute

Capitalism Magazine

Objectivism Online Forum

Forum 4 Ayn Rand Fans

Betsy Speicher's Cybernet

Austrian Economics Forum

HBL

The Undercurrent

Syndicate This Blog


Powered by Blogger Site
     Meter Locations of visitors to this page Listed on Blogwise Get Firefox! Objectivism Online Creative Commons Licence


Wizbang Standalone Trackback Pinger
Technorati search
Top Stories
US National
World
Politics
Iraq