What Kind of Government for Iraq?
By David Holcberg (April 11, 2003)
If the United States is to take upon itself the responsibility for installing a new government in Iraq, it should stop talking about democracy and focus instead on forming a government based on the principles of the American system.
America is not a democracy, which means unlimited majority rule. America is a constitutional republic. America was founded on the principle that the rights of the individual (to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) are inalienable and cannot be voted away by a majority. The new Iraqi government should emulate the American example and implement a constitution and Bill of Rights modeled after the American founding documents.
Most important, the new Iraqi constitution must include a total separation of religion and state. Otherwise the Iraqis may democratically vote their religious leaders into power and turn Iraq into a new theocracy like the one we destroyed in Afghanistan or the one we have yet to destroy in Iran. Thus, the United States must make sure it did not go to war only to replace a secular dictator with a religious one.