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October 30, 2005

Democracy for Iraq

How can we help Iraq become a democracy when we are still working on it ourselves?

It took a civil war in the 1860s to join all the states under one government. It took the suffragist movement in the early 1900s to give equality to women. It took the civil-rights movement in the 1950s to give more rights to all U.S. citizens.

We still have a way to go to make all citizens equal in the United States.

Iraq will have to go through such events to unite all the different factions under one government.

We were the catalyst to start the Iraqis to be equal citizens. Now they must do it themselves, or fall back to other types of government. We cannot and should not be the enforcers of what we call democracy.

We are really a republic and call it democracy. True democracy is what Jesus taught and what the early Christians practiced: equality in all things, a lifestyle, not a government. The government cannot give equality in all things, only people can.

Dolores Lear
Kansas City

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