In a country where explosions, suicide bombings and thousands of deaths occur as a natural thing, it would be almost impossible to think that democratic elections could be performed in war-raged Iraq. Can the ever so powerful U. S. military bring its country’s style of democracy to the Muslim world? For the Iraq diplomat planners and of course the U. S. military, their answer is an unwavering ‘yes. ’ The Iraqis, on the other hand, unsurprisingly have a different say on that. Democratic elections could lead to more tragic costs to their country-as if their country has not suffered enough (Anderson, 2003, p. 10).
There are several advantages of democracy in Iraq--advantages that could lead to tragic disadvantages. Having a democratic election that aims to give peace to Iraq can also lead to political uncertainty that may result to intensify the violence of the country and the presence of the U. S. military will not alleviate any of it. At another look, democratic elections will give chance to the people of Iraq to exercise their right as a citizen—that is to vote and aim what is best for their country.
Contrary to the connotation of a lot of people, not all Iraqis are terrorists. As a matter of fact, thousands of innocent people have shed their blood for this hogwash war. This is a battle between the U. S. military and the terrorists who are mostly based in Iraq. The war is not against Iraq but it is against terrorism. A lot of people have criticized the government for creating its own terror in Iraq. President Bush has been called over and over again for the pulling out of the troops in Iraq and stopping the war.
Probably the best reason why the U. S. troop is still in Iraq is because it hasn’t completed its purpose yet. The military intelligence can be a big help to support the campaign of democracy in Iraq. The American process of voting may be too hard to execute in a third world country but the military in any way can help perform its elections peacefully. To further improve the democratic desire, the military can team up with its leaders and Iraq diplomats to create a system and a program laid out for the whole country. The Military Intelligence will be a great force in making democracy work in Iraq.
Laura Poitras’s documentary My Country, My Country focuses on the democracy in Iraq as well as democracy in the United States. Laura Poitras worked and traveled alone in Iraq in January 2005. She journeyed into the savaged country during its democratic elections. The 2005 elections created challenges to every corner of debate about the war. To the amazement of a lot of people, voter turn out in Iraq was even higher than in the U. S. this is a complete manifestation of how much the people want change in their country.
Poitras’s antagonist was Dr. Riyadh, a doctor who works in a free clinic somewhere in Baghdad. She found her in at Abu Grahib Prison while he was conducting inspection when the abuse photos were released in press. The prisoners were detained without charge for about a year already. Dr. Riyadh is a respected leader in Adhamiya and local residents ask help from him whenever they need anything. In the film, he will be seen conducting an inspection in Abu Grahib Prison where many residents from Adhamiya were detained; he cooperates with the U. S. military over the fate of the Fallujah refugees and he also negotiates a decent amount of ransom for a kidnapped son. Dr. Riyadh experienced prison himself when he was detained by Sadam Hussein for his criticism on the Baathist party.
He is a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party, the largest Sunni religious party. He is very determined to serve his people that he decided to run for Baghdad Provincial Council. Poitras later on exploited the more tragic situation that both U. S. and Iraq face.
The U. S. military is faced with growing anti-American sentiment while the Iraqis are not only afraid of the terrorists; they are also afraid of the Americans as well (Cole, 2006, p. 15). Democracy may work in Iraq but it must be founded in Islamic beliefs—something that we cannot take away from Iraqis. However, if the military wants to help this savaged country be a better place, they better change start bringing peace than terror. Iraq has so much terror from their countrymen anyway.